I organized an auction for Open Door Family Medical Centers, which served as the service project for my high school graduating class. To achieve the goal of engaging 100% of the student body, I encouraged students to donate items related to their interests. We auctioned art, baked goods, and private lessons (academic, artistic, and athletic). All 97 students participated and we raised $3,600.
For my work, the NY State Assembly awarded me a Certificate of Merit and Hackley School granted me the Royal A. Clark Award, given to the senior with a demonstrated commitment to service.
Open Door Family Medical Centers, a health center serving the undocumented and uninsured, provoked a NIMBY reaction after developing a new facility too close to a middle class neighborhood.
In response, I developed a grassroots campaign to build support by:
- Canvassing the town for petitions signatures of which more than 800 were collected.
- Hosting a Q&A with the company CEO at the home of a neighborhood resident.
- Inviting neighborhood residents to the facility for hors d’oeuvres and a site tour.
- Encouraging supporters to attend the town Planning and Zoning Board Meetings.
- Publishing an op-ed on the town’s Patch news board.
The campaign garnered local press and the following was said of my work:
Fifteen-year-old Jeffrey Guzman, a patient and a volunteer at the center, felt strongly enough about the place that he asked CEO Lindsay Farrell if he could write about their struggle. She gave him the go-ahead and he posted a Patch opinion piece so much beyond his years that some thought it must have come from their lawyer. Now, this media savvy teen, has taken his campaign to Facebook, creating a page in support of the move.Sleepy Hollow Patch: “Open Door Takes Moving Campaign to Facebook”
As Executive Director of American University PRIDE, I led the organizing efforts of 16 events during the 2017-2018 school year. In my year of leadership, I executed events that fostered advocacy, community, education, and networking.
EFVA hosts a monthly panel series on Facebook Live called EpiEdu. In my role, I market EpiEdu via EFVA’s social media pages and earn media placements by pitching the panels to local press. During panels, I monitor comments and raise select questions to the panelists. My post event duties include performing sound editing on the panel recording and disseminating online.