Patriots’ Jonathan Jones talks Earth Day and finding your passion at the Boston Children’s Museum

BOSTON – New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones was at the Boston Children’s Museum on Sunday, speaking with students about the importance of Earth Day.

“First of all, teach kids about Earth Day, get them interested in it and see how we can make things more sustainable and also get them interested in STEM,” says Jones. He was joined by students from St. John Paul II Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus.

Focus on mentorship and education

Jones started the Next Step Foundation in 2019, focused on mentoring and education to give kids the tools they need to succeed.

“I want you to know that in STEAM you can go into so many different fields,” Jones told the students.

During the event, the Next Step Foundation had several scientists and physicians speak about the different careers in STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, arts and math. “I don’t want you to think you’re too young to find your passion,” Jones said.

‘These children are our future’

In addition to being a Super Bowl champion, Jones, who has a business degree, shared with the kids that he also has his pilot’s license, which reconnected him with STEAM. Thirteen-year-old Brooke Blackwood said she is passionate about learning and was inspired.

“I’ve learned how to be sustainable and made myself aware of how wasteful I can be sometimes,” says Brooke. “And it made me realize what I want to change in the coming year and starting today.”

Jones shared with the children the important role they can now play in caring for the earth.

“I think the most important thing I want them to know today is exactly what Jonathan said. Follow their dreams and know that anything is possible,” said director Lisa Warshafsky.

After the lesson, the children had the opportunity to explore the museum and participate in a variety of activities.

“These kids are our future. So technology is the future and we need to expose the kids to technology at a young age and be connected to it,” Jones said.