Lindsey is a member of French Club, French Honorary, and Drug Free Clubs of America. She is determined to make a difference in the quality of education for schools in her community.
Cristina is a an aspiring elementary school teacher and has studied at Sacred Heart University. She is involved Relay for Life, Education Club, Habitat for Humanity, and Freshman Orientation. Cristina is passionate about service and understands that, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”. She is a weekly volunteer at the Caroline House and the Horizons Program Saturday Academy sessions. A service trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation with Simply Smiles motivated her to continue to make a difference in the world. Pietromonaco strongly believes all students have the right to a quality education and Give More HUGS can help provide resources to students to gain the education they deserve. She also believes education is the key to an infinite amount of opportunities that every student should have access to.
Greenville, South Carolina
Carson has always had a passion for volunteer work and making a positive impact on people's lives. She has actively helped her school raise thousands of dollars for local charities. She believes that every child should have a secure, happy education with proper materials. She loves children, and one day hopes to become a pediatrician and volunteer for Doctors Without Borders.
Cassandra has lived in many places, including Connecticut, Oregon, Dominica, and currently lives in Michigan. She loves nature and animals. She would love to make a difference for the children attending the schools in Dominica.
From an early age, Lakeyia has stood up in support of young people and gender equality in Dominica. While in school she established a charity called Golden Opportunities which donates clothes, shoes and school supplies to children from low-income families, as well as provide emotional and psychological support. To date, the organization has distributed over $10,000 worth of supplies to children and young adults. She is now working to establish the Golden Empowerment Foundation, which seeks to motivate young people through education, sport and training, and promote greater understanding of gender equality. In 2017, the High Commissioner of Canada in Barbados named her Dominica’s Youth Champion and Ambassador for Women Empowerment and Gender Equality, and received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for 2018, from Her Majesty The Queen. She is excited to continue her societal contributions with Give More HUGS.
Hayley serves as a volunteer with the United Way, Ronald McDonald House, and various other charities through her school organizations and the Wildflower Belles Program. She is a member of the Superintendent Student Advisory Council, Teen Online Advisory Safety Team, Mu Alpha Theta, and Interact Club. She also serves as the president of the Spanish Club and as class historian. She is in the International Baccalaureate Program and the National Honor Society. Hayley believes working with Give More HUGS will create a lasting impact in not only her community, but the world. She feels that through the promotion of child literacy the world will be changed for the better.
Katherine spends time volunteering at the Ralph Wilson Youth Club, working with children in her community. She participates in both the Spanish and Interact Clubs at her school. She wants to work with Give More HUGS to help provide children to access for the resources necessary to further their education and develop a love of reading.
Isabella is the founder and president of the United Nations Girl Up group for her area. She is a part of the Treble Choir, Reading Olympics and theater group. Isabella believes in promoting gender equality in books, in education and in leadership. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, playing tennis and spending time with her little sister Victoria and her cat Midnight. Isabella is a HUGS Ambassador so she can help make a difference in the world.
Josephine has always had a knack for helping others. She believes that you can be a role model and a leader no matter how young you are, and credits her younger sister, Sophia, for helping her grow in that area. She is excited to continue working with Give More HUGS and expand the impact she has on students' lives!
Ria enjoys playing the viola, tennis, watching movies and TV shows, hanging out with her friends and family, working with other people, and helping others. She likes to travel with her family. She values education and holds herself to high standards. She believes having a love for learning, reading, and being creative is very important to an individual's overall success in life. She wants to create opportunity for those who otherwise would not have it. She wants to come forward, be a leader in her generation, and make an impact!
Westchester, New York
Chloe loves to read because she gets a different perspective of life from books. She grew up going to bookstores, libraries, and author signings. She wants to share this great appreciation to those that do not have access to books. She finds inspiration from her mother, a literacy specialist in an inner city NY school district, who is always looking for books for her students. She believes that there is no better gift that she can give to society than a love for literature and that books are life changers for all of us.
Madisyn is a member of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She plays volleyball, softball and participates in the Powerlifting Club. Her future goals include attending Baylor University and studying anesthesiology through their medical program. She joined Give More HUGS to make a difference in the world, to spread the love of reading and to help make sure all students have an equal opportunity to education.
Dana is a twelve-year-old student with a love for math and science. She is especially interested in computer programming and structural engineering. In her spare time, she practices violin for her school orchestra and creates small structures called boomilevers for Science Olympiad. She is also working towards obtaining her black belt in Kung Fu. She enjoys walking to school in autumn and sketching anything that comes to mind. She feels that everything she has learned was possible because of the literature she has read, and she strongly believes that all children should have that same possibility.
Lauren “LEW” Worrich is a student at the HGMS middle school in Texas. She is an active member in her school and community. She enjoys being a part of the Tennis and Volleyball team as well as the Kindness club. Lauren feels that her experience has changed her, and she has a passion for helping other people. She feels that her caring, hardworking, and determined characteristics will make her a great HUGS ambassador, and she is eager to help students.
Harrison, New York
Larissa Iraj is a junior at Harrison High School. She is doing the International Baccalaureate Program, and participates in many clubs such as the Youth Volunteers of Harrison, Spanish Club and Husky Herald. She is also apart of the Student Government and Athletic Council. She plays Varsity Tennis, Varsity Lacrosse, and does Varsity Bowling. She also dedicates a lot of time to the Science Research Program. She has a passion for helping others, and volunteers at New York Junior Tennis and Learning, Reach Out and Read Aloud, Harrison Youth Lacrosse Clinics, Children’s Hope Chest, and AFYA. She strongly believes in the Give More HUGS mission, and has volunteered at their events in the past. She looks forward to helping others, and is excited to travel to Dominica. She also hopes that she can not only help in terms of education, but also wants to send medical supplies all over the world.
Brune Bettler will be a Senior at Vandegrift Highschool. She is a leader on the TEDxYouth@Austin team and was an ambassador for two years. She has a passion for languages and is working on mastering her third language. She loves meeting people and helping her community through various volunteer work. She is apart of the national Science, Spanish, and Honor societies at her school and has been an active part of the French community in Texas. She loves working with children and has tutored, babysat, and been an assistant at a children's camp for two years. Her life goal is to impact and support others and through this program, and she hopes to work with the team to help make our community more welcoming and to make education more attainable for all.
Prisha is a teen ambassador for her city’s Green club, co founder of her school Gavel Club, and attorney on her school Mock Trial team. She has an avid passion for the arts and spends her free time writing songs, playing guitar, and reading books. As an ambassador for Give More Hugs Prisha hopes she can share her love for storytelling with members of her community and provide underprivileged students with the necessary encouragement and tools to excel in all areas of their lives.
Marshall Borham is a junior in high school at the Liberal Arts and Science academy in Austin, Texas. He was on the debate team on his high school for two years, and is on the Lacrosse team as well. He is interested most in philosophy and computer science. He also plays guitar. He believes literacy is important because it dictates how we learn. It also allows us to comprehend situations at a deeper level, because the more literate we are, the deeper we think, and the more we recognize. There is therefore almost no scenario in his opinion where literacy is not important.
Mikayla Means is a high school student in Killeen, TX. She loves to spend time with her family, play the piano, read, and watch T.V. She also volunteers for events such as adaptive T-ball and ballet. She believes that all students should have access to a quality education no matter their circumstances and as a HUGS ambassador she hopes to do just that.
Zinny Anunobi is from San Antonio, Texas. She is an honor roll student and an athlete, as well as a sister to four siblings. She is super family-oriented and loves meeting new people and making new friends as well as memories. Through all of this, she finds time to help out in her community and serve others.