Hi! I'm Alexa Brewster from Wyckoff, N.J. I am 15 years old and a sophomore at Ramapo High School.
Ever since I was a young girl, my mom took my siblings and me on her many business trips. I've been to nearly 40 countries on six continents. Not only have the trips to countries such as South Africa and Peru been exciting and enjoyable, but they have also been eye-opening experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. Being exposed to extreme poverty and other global issues at such a young age made me aware of how lucky I am, and left me with the desire to help the less fortunate.
When my friends and I learned about Girl Up, we loved the idea of helping other girls around the world and decided to take action. We called our group Operation: Women Empowerment, and with great support from our middle school teacher and community, we raised $2,000 from our first Art & More fundraiser! Our success made me realize how young people really can make a difference.
Since then, I helped co-found the non-profit organization MAD4Kids, which stands for Make a Difference for Kids. This organization shows the power youth have to instigate change in the world and to raise money and awareness involving global issues.
This past summer, I went to Guatemala where I did mission work building cook stoves in the villages. On behalf of this group, I attended the 11th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations where I spoke with young people from around the world.
In my free time, I enjoy playing lacrosse and tennis, and being with my friends. One of my favorite things to do is go to the beach during the summer.
I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of this year’s class of Teen Advisors. I can’t wait to make a bigger impact on girls around the world who may be less fortunate, but are truly just like me.