Sabrina M., an alumna of The BASIC Fund and The Hamlin School, has been honored nationwide for her work in diversity and inclusion in education.
The Boys and Girls Club of America named her the 2019 National Youth of the Year - a prestigious award that comes with a $100,000 academic scholarship, a trip to Walt Disney World, and a brand-new Toyota. She also had the opportunity to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
According to the press release from the Boys and Girls Club, Sabrina first saw a drastic contrast between the opportunities available for youth in her neighborhood compared to those at the private school she attended. Consequently, she developed a passion for improving equality in the education system. Sabrina is attending Barnard College and aspires to become a U.S. Congresswoman and use her voice to help advocate for changes and equity in the U.S. education system.
Wanda M. Holland Greene, Head of The Hamlin School, wrote of Sabrina for the story, “When I met the eleven-year-old Sabrina, I was immediately drawn to her engaged and independent mind, her loyalty to her family and friends, and her enthusiasm for life. I have zero doubt that Sabrina will succeed at Barnard and in life, and her goal will be to lift others as she soars.”
Sabrina’s hard-won accolades exemplify the pathway to success we envision for the more than 23,000 BASIC alumni and current students. We at The BASIC Fund couldn’t be more proud and excited to see what she does next.