Take Action Apparel & Gear is the result of a boy's desire to help the world! With first-hand knowledge that bullying has become a serious epidemic in schools across the nation, Gabriel L. Silva
wanted to help give kids like him a voice! "I was a victim of repeated bullying. I am small for my age and kids would make fun of me for my size. Eventually, the verbal turned to physical. I know that not everyone is going to like me, and I am actually okay with that. But disliking and mistreating someone physically, verbally, or emotionally for basically being different and not taking the opportunity to get to know them for who they are, is not okay. I had an opportunity to travel to LA for pilot season, when I came home, I found out that three of my friends had had an even harder time than I did at school. I knew what they were feeling, but I was helpless to help them. I wanted to do something. So, I got together with a group of experts and some really cool designers to create Take Action Apparel & Gear."
One out of four students are victims of bullying. One out of five students actually admit to being bullies themselves. Effects on children that either are the bully or that are being bullied go well beyond the school day and sometimes last a lifetime. Students who are bullied sometimes resort to suicide and the bullies often find themselves incarcerated by the time that they are adults. "Knowing that a percentage of all sales will go to support the efforts of organizations that are already taking a stance against this problem and helping kids to feel empowered, while also educating everyone, I no longer feel helpless and kids like me will know that they are not alone. Through acting/modeling and practicing Tae Kwon Do, I stopped focusing on the negative and was able to discover the positive in me!"
Take Action Apparel & Gear has also partnered with several organizations to help those without a voice. One of those organizations is the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America
. "I sort of got a double whammy---I'm not only small but I also have life-threatening allergies/asthma as well. I have to take meds with me everywhere I go just in case. But, I'm no different than any other kid. I just can't be exposed to certain things and I have to be careful but that doesn't make me different, weird or strange. I am normal with a twist. I actually made the 'peanut-free' table cool at my old school." Together, we will strive to make a difference in hopes that kids will have an opportunity to explore, be free, and be themselves. Bullying does not discriminate and ultimately it affects us all. Together, we are responsible for our future! Together, we can change the world! In addition to our partnerships,Take Action Apparel & Gear is also proud to be generously supported in part by the following companies:
Gabriel L. Silva was born on May 23, 2005. Gabriel started acting in school plays in his hometown of Houston, TX. Gabriel attended Catholic parochial school from the age of 3 years old until recently. He is an only child and is biracial, which gives him a uniquely ambiguous look in addition to a very rich cultural history. He began acting and modeling classes at the Page Parkes Center for Acting and Modeling and continues to mature in his skill and craft daily. Gabriel has a passion for the arts and trains in various disciplines across the wide spectrum. Aside from acting and modeling, Gabriel would like to obtain his first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In his free time, he likes to do the same things that many kids his age love. He plays tons of video games, is an avid chess player, listens to music, watches movies and television, plays with his dog, and spends all the time that he can with his family and friends.