“I want to thank the LA Fund for spearheading the #ArtsMatter campaign, which will
bring attention to the pressing need for robust arts education in all Los Angeles schools.”
Jhovalli Castanee started getting bullied when she was 8. Kids made fun of her because she was chubby — they called her a ball or a pig, she said. They said she had to be rolled to school.
In fifth grade, with the encouragement of her friends, she started standing up for herself. Now she's a freshman at Alliance Alice M. Baxter College-Ready High School, a charter school in San Pedro, where she said she doesn't get teased.
On Tuesday, Jhovalli attended a screening of the documentary “He Named Me Malala,” about Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban after demanding equal access to school for girls. She has continued speaking out since then.
“I liked how she believes in herself,” Jhovalli said. “She’s not afraid of anything.... She won’t be put down easily.”
Jhovalli was one of about 7,000 high school girls from around Los Angeles County who were invited to the West Coast premiere screening of the new documentary at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live. Read more here.