Introducing the incredible and inspiring 2019 AXA Achievers
Woodbridge High School
Area of Study: Occupational Therapy
Inspired by his own experience of first learning to ride a bike as a child with autism, Harrison founded GearUp so other children with special needs could thrive and feel the same exhilaration of bike riding. GearUp provides access to resources, events, safe spaces, incentives and mentors for young people in need. It has paved the way for more than 1,500 children to ride more than 5,000 hours, and empowered volunteers to serve over 10,000 hours in their communities to Get Kids on Bikes.
Mark T. Sheehan High School
Area of Study: Diagnostic Genetics
Not letting his personal experience of living with craniofacial disorder define him, Ryan’s goal has been to make a difference in the world. At the age of 9, he began fundraising for Heifer International & has raised more than $50,000 to help end hunger. Heifer International provides a sustainable source of income families and teaches them how pass learnings on to future generations.
Catlin Gabel School
Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering
In November 2016, Avi founded Project32, a student-run non-profit to eradicate dental disease by providing access to dental hygiene supplies and education for underserved youth worldwide. Globally, oral health remains a critical unaddressed need and is linked to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. To combat this crisis, Avi built a team of over a dozen dedicated youth to organize donations of dental supplies, educate local youth, and raise dental health awareness.
William Fremd High School
Area of Study: General Studies
Maegan founded Nomi Bobi, a nonprofit dedicated to mental health advocacy. Through the sales of handmade Nomi Owl decorations, the organization has donated over $5,800 to mental health organizations like NAMI & BBRF to subsidize local therapists' counseling programs. Maegan also initiated and organized a schoolwide Mental Health Presentation Day event for over 2,700 high school students to help reduce the stigma and raise awareness around mental health.
Glenda Dawson High School
Area of Study: Computer Science
Eric founded the non-profit We Care Act (WCA) in 2008 with the ultimate mission of caring for the planet via recycling, reusing, and education. He has engaged 36,000 people in helping more than 60,000 residents living in underprivileged communities and/or are survivors of natural disasters. Since its founding We Care Act has raised $300,000+ in funds and in-kind donations, recycled over 13,000 pounds of electronics, distributed 400,000 eBooks, and hosted educational seminars across the globe.
Area of Study: General Studies
In creating awareness for congenital heart defects, Paola made her own story of undergoing open heart surgery at the age of 12 public. Upon returning to the island after a successful surgery, she published a book at the age of 14, 'Beautiful Scars' speaking about resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. But most notably, Paola started campaigning for mandatory pulse oximetry newborn screening. With unanimous approval, the bill became known as 'Lola Law' and was signed in November, 2014 making newborn screening mandatory in every hospital in Puerto Rico.
San Diego, CA
Kearny Digital Media & Design
Area of Study: Management/Public Relations
Having been a foster child for much of his life and knowing the obstacles that foster children face, Anthony set out to help organizations that provided resources to foster youth. He additionally created his own organization, Elevate Foster Youth that has developed a network of community resources for children in foster care. In his commitment to this critical cause, he has been a keynote speaker at events and raised over $1.2 million dollars for children.
Nikiski Junior Senior High
Area of Study: Communications
Carlee, a native of Kenai Alaska which is a rural area with a school district the size of West Virginia, founded the Nikiski Children's Fund, an organization that makes funds available to teachers so they can support their students in need. This includes everything from housing homeless high school students to buying grade-school children new shoes or gloves. Nikiski Children’s Fund makes funds available to 300 teachers. Carlee has been forward-thinking and created a model of fundraising that will be sustainable for the teachers while she attends college.
Detroit Country Day School
Area of Study: Engineering
With a passion for music and teaching others, 10 years ago Anna co-founded the Little Stars foundation to serve the community through free concerts, gifts for nursing home seniors, and free music and STEM programs for underprivileged kids. Through her service in metro Detroit she impacts the lives of many from the very young to older adults who appreciate her dedication to brighten their day.
Oak Hall School
Area of Study: Engineering
600 million Africans live without access to reliable electricity forcing them to wash their clothes by hand in faraway mix-use watering holes. In response to this critical environmental issue, Talar single-handedly designed, prototyped, and patented the Spin Cycle Mobile Washer (SCMW), an off-the-grid mobile washing machine, constructed out of landfill-bound recycled parts. This machine cleans clothes and filters wash water for use in agricultural irrigation, in turn, improving the environment. SCMW not only improves the daily quality of life for families with access to clean clothes, she also hopes it will provide many young girls responsible for these chores the extra time to add school & education into their lives.
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