Two Bosque students were celebrated today for their work giving back to the community. Mia ’19 and Issa ’19 were presented with this year’s Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy presented by the New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), in honor of National Philanthropy Day, at the AFP’s luncheon held at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque.
The two seniors were recognized for their work with Bosque’s service learning group Women’s Empowerment League (WEL). The group held a Feminine Hygiene Drive in order to address issues related to women’s access to hygiene products, especially those below the poverty line or homeless. In its first year, the Hygiene Drive collected more than $1,000 worth of items and dispelled biases and misnomers surrounding menstruation. The items were provided to low-income and refugee young women at the School on Wheels and Highland High School.
“Women's issues are something I will always care deeply about,” said Issa. “I see women's issues as not only deeply tied to social issues, but also tied to our modern political world. I feel that it's my responsibility as a citizen to take action in whatever community I belong to, and continue to work toward the changes I want to see for women in my community.”
The award recognizes service by an individual or group of young people ages 5–18 who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy. Award criteria include a detailed account of project impact on the local community, such as the financial cost, people involved, and goals met. Long-term influence is also considered for whether the program is sustainable over five or more years, and if the program may be used as a prototype for future initiatives.
“This experience helped me to see the great impact a community can make on something like this and, therefore, how important it is to get the community involved,” noted Mia.
Issa said she also appreciated being acknowledged and encouraged by Bosque staff. “The most amazing part of being recognized for this award is the fact that a member of the Bosque community, Maggie Schold, noticed our work and felt that the drive deserved recognition.”
National Philanthropy Day (NPD), which is observed internationally by more than 100 AFP chapters, highlights each community's top donors, volunteers, foundations, and other individuals and organizations involved in philanthropy.
These Award recipients were acknowledged:
Outstanding Professional Fundraiser: Giuseppe "Joe" Rizza, Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation
Outstanding Youth - High School: Mia del Rosario and Issa Wilks, Women's Empowerment League, Bosque School
Outstanding Philanthropists: Kyla and Roger Thompson
Outstanding Corporation: Griffin & Associates
Outstanding Foundation Northern NM: Museum of New Mexico Foundation
Outstanding Foundation Southern NM: Salopek Family Foundation
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Northern NM: Sonya Priestly
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Southern NM: Ammu Devasthali
Well done, Mia and Issa!
Issa has applied to and hopes to be accepted to Bryn Mawr in the fall to study political science. Mia wants to study languages and international communications after graduation and would like to study in Washington, D.C., or Boston.