More about my charity + community organizing
Starting a nonprofit organization
In 2009 at 12-years-old, I started a 501c3 non-profit organization called Angels Community Outreach. My charity provides clothing, food, and more for free to those in need. The New Jersey-based organization works with social services, homeless shelters and community leaders who refer clients to come into the clothing closet storefront and go “shopping” at no cost. I know from personal experience that it can be difficult to keep your sense-of-self in tough times. Sometimes, something as simple as a new outfit can put a smile on one’s face and make them feel beautiful.
Domestic violence is a significant part of my journey. A moment that defined me was when my mom, sisters and I had to pick up in the middle of the night and escape our abuser. We left wearing only the clothing on our back, abandoning many of our favorite possessions behind.
Looking back, what impacted me the most was the support and guidance my family received. So many people in the community reached out during our hardships. I’ll never forget the compassion and kindness that was shown. We received assistance from a domestic violence safe house – and now, my organization helps residents at that same shelter. When I reflect upon my tumultuous childhood, I feel as though my journey has come full circle.
Causes I'm Passionate About
My first introduction to activism was when I was in high school. There was an Amnesty International club at my school, and I decided to join on a whim. In that after-school club, we organized phone bank campaigns, wrote letters to politicians, and created media campaigns targeting human rights issues… My senior year, I became president of the Amnesty International club, and I’ve been dedicated to social justice work ever since!
When I moved to Los Angeles in 2015, I became involved in gender-equality campaigns, serving as a Youth Advisory Council Member at The Representation Project and working as an intern for UN Women, Greater LA Chapter.
Cultural and social activism is central to my practice as a writer and photographer. Commitments to awareness, empathy, and social justice infuse my work. Through my journalistic endeavors and academic research, I aim to share underrepresented voices and raise awareness on social issues, particularly those pertaining to women + girls. 📷🌎💭