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Viewers are exposed to some history of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as the realities of life for refugee kids in America and how kids with cancer cope with being gravely ill.
Use your skills and talents to make a difference. Life can be tough, but so are you. Appreciate the important things in life. Empathy creates connections between people. Imagine the world as it should be, and then go out and create that.
Positive Role Models
Robby inspires viewers to embrace who they are and what they can do for others. He and Brad show how easy it is for kids to be changemakers, as they introduce viewers to people of all ages making a positive difference in their communities. Robby is Black, his brother is White, and the people they visit, interview, and play with come from a variety of backgrounds, from refugees from all over the world to Black folks in Selma, Alabama to cancer survivors in Florida. The diversity of America is well represented.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kid President: Are We There Yet? stars Robby Novak, whose character, Kid President, became famous for his inspirational YouTube shorts, which led to a book and a TV show. In this iteration, the now teenage Robby and his brother/producer/speechwriter Brad take an epic road trip around the country to shine a light on kids (and adults) who are changing their communities for the better. Robby and Brad meet, interview, and/or play with civil rights activists, war refugees, and cancer survivors, which may be heavy issues for younger kids to process. The show draws on clips from Kid President's younger days and emphasizes that growing up doesn't mean giving up on making the world a kinder place. This show is all about positive messages, like the impact empathy can have on your community and how to use your special talents and skills to make a difference. Viewers familiar with Kid President will recognize the mixed-media style, and they will find the same kind of inspirational, feel-good musings that made Robby's larger-than-life personality famous in the first place.
Is It Any Good?
This heartfelt and compelling series has all the elements that made the younger Kid President a national sensation -- dancing, positive messages, inspiration, and joy -- but it's delivered in a more mature package. It might seem difficult to find laughter and smiles for kids who are war refugees or battling cancer, but what Robby and Brad show in Kid President: Are We There Yet? is that joy, friendship, and hope are the things that makes overcoming obstacles possible. Tweens will come away uplifted, and parents will appreciate the wholesome themes and content. It's hard to watch this series and not feel a little better about the state of the world, so just go ahead and settle in for some family-friendly inspirational viewing.
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