Gregory R. Smith
An Ambassador for Peace and the World Children
Greg R. Smith, 2008 14-years old, 2003
We must hear the cries of the children and answer their prayers."
At the age of 13, Gregory Smith already has a career as a motivational speaker and as a world-recognized advocate for children and peace. He is a two-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and has appeared on numerous television shows, including Sixty Minutes, The Oprah Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show, Voice of America ,CNN and all the major network morning news shows.
He has met with Presidents, Nobel Peace Laureates, religious leaders and educators such as former President Bill Clinton and former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and Nobel Peace Laureates: Ireland's Betty Williams, South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu, East Timor's Jose Ramos-Horta, to describe his educational and peace plan. He was a CCF delegate to the UN Special Session on the Rights of the Child. He has appeared before the Security Council of the U.N., Florida and Virginia General Assemblies and the State of the World Forum to build a network of individuals and organizations willing to support his cause.
Through his many appearances, Greg appeals to governmental leaders to value their children as their country's greatest resource. He teaches about ending the cycle of violence and has pledged his life to the pursuit of peace. A motivational speaker with a powerful message, he has made speeches, written letters, held meetings, conducted surveys and appeared on countless television and radio programs to spread his message of hope and to bring awareness to the needs of children here in America and around the world.
But while Gregory's life has been, and will continue to be, devoted to these world-wide causes, he has another great passion: math. Greg writes, "Science is the gateway to the mysteries of our universe, and mathematics acts as the beacon to light its path. With every new course I take, I learn more and more of how this connection takes place." However, math is not an end, but a means to an end, as Greg explains: "As the connection is rapidly being made between the biological sciences, macro and micro, chemistry and the physical sciences, it is becoming very apparent that this connection is facilitated by mathematics and that only through mathematics will this connection be realized to its fullest potential. This is the reasoning behind my interest in mathematics."
Greg was president of the RMC chapter of MAA (Mathematics Association of America), and a member of Pi Mu Epsilon (National Math Honor Fraternity), Chi Beta Phi (National Science Honor Fraternity), Beta Beta Beta (National Biology Honor Fraternity), Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Fraternity) and Phi Beta Kappa (National Academic Honor Fraternity). He is the youngest public high school graduate from the state of Florida, and the youngest graduate in the history of Randolph-Macon College.
As part of his M. S. in Computational Biology, Greg Smith plans to research computational biology's applications in genomic research.
Greg recognizes the limitations of his youth, and that it will be a long time before he enters a particular career choice. He writes, "I am keeping my study, and my options very broad so that following the completion of my first doctorate . . . I will have the ability to choose from a wide range of career opportunities. Mathematical research, biomedical applications, and international political initiatives are all part of my ultimate plans."
As he goes on to graduate school, Greg will continue to work for peace and for the welfare of children. He is the founder and president of International Youth Advocates, which collects educational supplies, clothing, and toys and works with non-governmental organizations and government and business leaders to enhance and protect the rights and well being of children. He is the youth spokesperson for World Centers of Compassion for Children, a non-profit group formed by Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams to create a strong political voice for children in areas of stress due to war, hunger, or social, economic, or political upheaval and to respond to their needs. And he is the youth ambassador for the Christian Children's Fund, which provides assistance to approximately 2.5 million children worldwide, regardless of race, religion, or gender.
14 months: solving math problems.
2-years old: reading & correcting adult's grammar.
Decided to become a vegetarian.
5-years old: explaining photosynthesis to kindergarten classmates.
6 to 9-years old: 10 grades of school in 3 years.
9-years old: graduated with honors from high school
10-years old: college freshman
Founded IYA (international Youth Advocates)
2002 (12-years old): nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
2003 (13-years old): nominated again for the Nobel Prize.
2003, May 31: graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Mathematics
and minors in History and Biology.
Below are quotes from Greg R. Smith
(mostly taken from the website www.gregoryrsmith.com
that is no longer available)
Greg's Global Vision:
"I DREAM OF THE DAY
WHEN ALL CHILDREN
CAN LIVE WITHOUT FEAR
AND IN A WORLD AT PEACE!"
(December 6, 1999)
At a time when people are insecure about the future
- when hatred turns against the innocent…
wouldn't it restore hope if children took it upon themselves
to help other children
- children bridging cultural, political and religious divides
- coming together in peace,
speaking with one voice for freedom and justice
and working for a future without fear and suffering?
Children who have not learned to hate,
children who feel a connection with their world,
children who can define the ideal world where all have opportunity
and then believe that it can happen.
For the sake of all of us, we must make this happen."
(Above quote from the Vegetarian Times interview)
as we reach out to them
and educate them before they learn to hate.
It is our responsibility to teach others
that through love and compassion we can resolve
our differences and join together in a world of PEACE.
This is a difficult path to follow
but I have pledged my life to this pursuit.
For centuries we have repeated the cycles of war,
as we walk into a new century we can change this trend
and live in a world where no child exists in fear.
Let us be the generation
that finally puts WAR in its proper place....The History Books!"
"I pledge my life to this MISSION. I hope you will join me in this effort.
The PEOPLE of the world deserve a chance to live without fear and in PEACE.
JOIN WITH ME IN THE
RENAISSANCE OF HUMANITY!"
(August 22, 2000)
"I believe I've been given a special gift,
and I don't know how or why I've been given it,
but I want to use it to the best of my abilities to help mankind."
(The Washington Post Company, 1999)
International Youth Advocates:
IYA’s Mission is to protect young people from violent situations and to facilitate adequate educational and life-sustaining services.
I started "I.E.M. for Nonviolence" (I = Inspiration, E = Education, M = Motivation) when I was nine. I encouraged youth groups to adopt my pledge of nonviolence and to make education their priority. I believe the first step to Peace is through education because education breeds understanding and understanding leads to alternative solutions.
Following my high school graduation from Orange Park High School in Florida two days after my tenth birthday, I moved to Virginia to begin my college education at Randolph-Macon College. Being a ten-year-old college freshman attracted international media attention. That helped to establish a platform for my life's mission to protect the lives of the world's children.
It was then that I.E.M. grew into International Youth Advocates. I began presenting keynote addresses at conferences with business, religious, educational and political leaders. I met with youth groups across the US to encourage their involvement in IYA. We are collecting educational supplies, clothing, and toys; writing letters to political leaders; working for new legislation, protecting the rights of children, and volunteering in our communities. International Youth Advocates promotes principles of peace and understanding among young people throughout the world with the objective of instilling enlightened attitudes that will ultimately advance education, improve families, influence world events and provide hope for the neglected, abused and disenfranchised. We work with international NGOs as well as government and business leaders to enhance and protect the rights and well being of children.
and healthy future for all children."
for our voices to be heard."
"Life is all about choices....
We have the power to change our world by our choices.
We need to encourage those around us to live a life of moral choices.
Violence could end everywhere in the world at this second
if we could all live a life of MORAL CHOICES.
ONE BY ONE!!!!
THE CHANGE BEGINS
WITHIN EACH OF US."
(Greg Smith, August 2000)
Even if your friends do not actively participate
-- they will hear your message and witness your example.
We must plant the seed
and through our efforts encourage their hearts to grow.
Our journey is long -- and often very lonely --
but all you have to do is
look at the face of a hungry, sick, frightened or abandoned child
and you will find the strength you need."
(Greg Smith, Feb. 14, 2001)
IS THE LIMIT?
NOT TO ME!!!!!"
(Greg Smith, March 25, 2000)
I dream of a world that can utilize its knowledge and resources
for the advancement of mankind not its detriment.
I dream of the day when corporations will discontinue
-- on their own --
the production of products
that are harmful to humanity and the environment
-- no matter what the financial loss --
the moral choice will be made
when there is evidence that a product is causing illness and damage.
There is so much violence in our movies, TV shows, and games.
Do you ever ask why?
I will tell you why -- it is because WE BUY THEM!!!!!!
IT IS ELEMENTARY ECONOMICS!
If the market goes away, then the products will disappear
and the industry will create new ideas.
WE HAVE THAT POWER!!
YOU HAVE THAT POWER!
CREATE NEW IDEAS!"
(Greg Smith, September 2000)