SHE EMBODIES HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, AND IT IS A REMINDER THAT ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Amanda is a high school student from Dulles, Virginia, and was nominated by her mom, Stacey. Amanda is an ultra-dedicated volunteer and has logged over 300 hours of community service. Stacey says, “During her volunteering, she discovered a love for working with those in the NeuroDiverse and Intellectually Disabled community. She has gone above and beyond, not just signing up to volunteer for what’s being offered, by creating programming and opportunities that otherwise might not exist.”
Amanda found a tremendous void in her school’s inclusion programming and dove right into devising a solution. Stacey says, “Starting at a new school last year - overseas - she noted there were no inclusion programs even though one of her school’s pillars is Diversity through Inclusion…she jumped into action rallying teachers, administrators, parents, and students and laid the groundwork for her creation: Warriors For Inclusion! She modeled how to include intellectually disabled students during sports and significantly impacted both ID students and non-ID students - creating a space where everyone was recognized, celebrated, and included. This school year, she’s required to do a personal project, and she plans to take her Warriors For Inclusion project even farther.”
“Although she’s my daughter, so of course, I’m proud; I believe she embodies hope for the future, and it is a reminder that one person CAN make a difference. In her journey, it’s definitely ‘not about the bag’ but all about ‘WHERE SHE WILL TAKE IT’! Look out world!!!”