Zoey Bond spent a lot of time in school learning about what it means to be a bystander, as well as what it means to be a force for positive change. Her social studies curriculum on genocide and her school’s lessons on bullying showed her that there is a choice to be made by each one of us—whether it is on the playground or on the world stage. Believing it is never okay to be a bystander, she combined her goal to prevent genocide with her passion for theater and set out to educate others.
Zoey recruited local, like-minded teens to interview survivors of the Holocaust and of the genocides in Rwanda, Darfur, and Cambodia. With the assistance of a professional playwright, the group turned their stories into a play using only the survivors’ words. Titled Raining Season, the play seeks to raise awareness about past and current atrocities and encourage audiences to not simply stand by and let these things happen. So far the play has been performed for more than 2,000 students and community members, and Zoey is committed to extending its reach.