Mountain View High School GSA President named one of Idaho’s top youth volunteers
February 5, 2013 3 Comments
17-year-old Abigail Blue, a senior at Mountain View High School, has been named one of Idaho’s top two youth volunteers of 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
According to a press release, “Abigail took a leadership class sponsored by Planned Parenthood and began volunteering for the organization. She answered phones, recorded data, staffed fair booths and helped with advertising. Soon after, she started doing office and community outreach work with Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS. When she learned about the Gay-Straight Alliance, an anti-bullying group, she helped organize a chapter at her school and is now president. Recently, Abigail worked with students from other schools and the Idaho Safe Schools Coalition to bring more than 200 LGBT youth together from all over Idaho for a night of games, activities and mutual support. She also helped make an anti-bullying video and assisted with a writing workshop that encouraged LGBT students to share their life experiences.”
She was nominated for the award by Mountain View High School. She will receive a $1,000 award, a medallion and a trip to Washington D.C. for the achievement.
“I was raised by a mother who taught me my voice counts, and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Abigail says in the release. So when she saw how some of her LGBT friends at school were often bullied, “I wanted to do something to help my community achieve acceptance,” she said.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
She and the other Idaho finalist, 12-year-old Katie Skarpnes, of Caldwell, will travel to Washington D.C. in early May.