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!
Luisanna Cruz 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, Luisanna Cruz!
Luisanna is a senior at Reading High School and participates in multiple activities such as, Student Council, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Aevidum, works outside of school, etc. Luisanna hopes to accept her offer from Carnegie Mellon University to major in film and media while taking the pre- med track. To add, Luisanna loves activism and bringing awareness to social issues and advocates for mental health. Luisanna educates people in her community and in her school that its okay to talk about mental health and get help. She has gone through her own personal battles with mental illness and shares her story to inspire people to value themselves and others. Luisanna says, it’s okay to not be okay but you don’t want to be stuck there forever and she also wants you to know that, you matter.
Watch Luisanna’s Acceptance at the 2020 RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition)
Thank you Luisanna for being a Rockstar!