We are excited to be highlighting the winners from this year’s RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition).
A reminder to everyone that there is still time to sponsor advocacy perks for Rockstars for our Rockstar Fundraiser!
Diamarilys Gonzalez is the recipient of the Tricialouis Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year Award
This award is given to an individual who distinguishes themselves in the following ways:
- Outstanding and continued performance as a youth or young adult advocate between the ages of 14 and 29 with lived experience in one or more child-serving system including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.
- Recognized and respected amongst peers and adults for exemplary leadership skills.
- Outstanding and continued commitment to authentic representation of youth voice in a manner consistent and relative to youth culture and issues These standards may be met in a variety of ways, including activity which involves moral courage, social media, creative arts, youth support groups, etc.
- Outstanding participation in youth-led projects and/or groups aimed to increase awareness of mental health, juvenile justice, education or child welfare issues.
Now, let’s learn a little bit more about Rockstar, Diamarilys Gonzalez!
My name is Diamarilys Gonzalez, I am 17 a senior at Reading High School. I am involved in various amount of things such as Volleyball, Aevidum, Peer Mentor, and more. In school I am a Co-President of Aevidum, within this club my goal as president is to make it aware that mental health is a real thing for everyone, it can be good and it can be bad but I want members to know I’m here through it all as I myself have experienced the positive and negative sides of it. Through sports as well, sports have helped me mentally, and my goal is to make sure my teammates feel the same as well. My way of seeing change within my school is speaking up, as students our voices a rarely heard, or when they are no actions are taken. I want to see change so not only will I speak up but I will make sure actions happen, we deserve change, we deserve better and I will make sure of it. I not only want to see a change in our school but in life itself, especially this “justice” system we have, this is not the only time you will hear my name.
Watch Diamarilys’ Acceptance at the 2020 RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition)
Thank you Diamarilys for being a Rockstar!