Local teen receives “Hero For Change” Award For Community Service and Action
New York, NY - April 25, 2014 — Girls Inc. is thrilled to announce that Arianna Lopez, 17, is named a “Hero For Change” at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday, April 26. Arianna is being recognized for her leadership in highlighting the risks smoking holds for her community and helping make Carpinteria (CA) a smoke-free city.
As a young girl, Arianna battled illness, including a head injury at age five. At Girls Inc., Arianna has built resilience, a support network of friends and mentors, and skills to become an advocate and a community leader. She has completed over 2,600 community service hours. Arianna spent six years working to ban smoking including researching, attending trainings, connecting with local businesses, educating community members, and speaking at City Council meetings. She also helped write, produce, and appear in a PSA around the issue.
“Arianna embodies our mission of being strong, smart, and bold, and demonstrates how with the right support, girls can achieve and change their communities for the better,” Victoria Juarez, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “Arianna is an incredible girl who is fighting for a positive future for herself and others every day, and we thank Radio Disney for celebrating her.”
“It’s been so exciting to be given a ‘Hero For Change’ award from Radio Disney,” said Arianna. “At Girls Inc. I learned to overcome obstacles, share my voice, and stand up for what’s right. I hope I inspire other girls to see their strengths and make a difference.”
The Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMAs) is the prime awards show for kids and families' favorite music and will feature musical performances and today's hottest stars among youth. The Heroes For Change Award will recognize exemplary kids for making a difference in their communities by creating positive change and inspiring others. "Disney Channel Presents The Radio Disney Music Awards," a television special originating from the event, will air on Sunday, April 27 8 pm ET/7 pm CT on Disney Channel.
About Girls Inc. of Carpinteria
Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold and seeks to empower girls and women to achieve personal, social, economic and political success. We provide programs for girls 5 to 18 years old that focus on science, math, and technology; college and careers; health; financial literacy; sports skills; leadership and advocacy; and media literacy. All programs provide girls with the resources, structure, and assistance needed to graduate middle school, high school and move on to a career, college or university.Call (805) 684-6364 or visit www.girlsinc-carp.org.
About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada. Learn more about our programs and advocacy at www.girlsinc.org.