What a great week for 16 year old Atlanta youth Mary-Pat Hector! This week Mary-Pat launched 45 Billboards in Atlanta for her anti-gun violence campaign,’Think Twice’. She also met with President Barack Obama to discuss youth issues. And that’s not all! New Look is honoring Mary-Pat with the 2014 Global Youth Leadership Award for her leadership and service as an outstanding New Look Ambassador.
Since her initial experience in 2011 at New Look’s World Leadership Conference, Mary-Pat has been a true model of New Look’s mission– to develop service-minded, global youth leaders. From her steadfast dedication to activism and youth-targeted service projects, she has made it her duty to make the world a better place for young people. When Mary Pat was only ten-years-old she founded Youth in Action, a program that began to mobilize young people across the country to take a stand on issues like bullying, gun-violence and drugs. Today, Mary-Pat is the National Youth Director of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, which promotes civil rights. She travels an average of 4,000 miles a month speaking at high schools, colleges, conferences, woman’s events, and crisis shelters across the U.S. In 2013, she launched her own anti-gun violence initiative called ‘Think Twice’, a campaign using statistics and graphic images about gun violence to encourage young people to say no to guns. She was awarded a $50k grant for this work from Peace First, a national nonprofit dedicated to teaching peacemaking skills to young people. Congratulations, Mary-Pat!
Global Youth Leadership Award
This award is presented to a young person who shows significant commitment and long-term potential as a leader in their community, their country and the world.
If you are interested in joining us for our 15th Year Celebration, click here! The event will be Hosted By Usher Raymond IV and The New Look Board of Directors, Emceed By Ludacris, with Performances By Josh Kaufman, The Voice Winner, and The New Look Youth Choir. It’s sure to be a great event!