Alicia is 12 years old. She is bilingual, a wrestler and a Girl Scout. She loves to participate in volunteer work and has done everything from creating her own healthy cookbook to raise money for her local Ecology Center, started Seed Libraries in schools, collected socks for the homeless, made reusable bags from old T-shirts to donate, participated in park beautification and beach clean ups, made dresses out of pillowcases for girls in Africa, raised awareness about the mistreatment of Elephants, helped start a garden at her school, crocheted sleeping mats out of plastic grocery bags for the homeless and even successfully petitioned Girl Scouts of the USA to make a variety of Girl Scout Cookies NON-GMO. She has earned the coveted Gold Presidential Volunteer Award as well.
Her new journey developed at age 9, simply from being a good friend to her classmate Micah. Micah started Play Well Africa, an organization collecting Lego to donate to underprivileged kids in Uganda, Africa. When Alicia heard about the project, she knew she had to help. She told her siblings about the project and together they went through their Lego and donated a gallon bag each. Then, Alicia thought it would be great to get her Girl Scout Troop involved as well. So, she suggested it to her mom and it became there project for two months. Micah then hand delivered the Lego she collected to Uganda.
Her interest kept growing and when Micah returned and told Alicia all about the trip, she told her mom she really wanted to go to Uganda to give Lego to the kids herself. She wanted to see how happy they were when they received the Lego. Next thing you know, it was decided that Alicia could go to Uganda, but she needed to raise the money for all the expenses herself.
A Crowdrise page was set up for donations, but her parents wanted Alicia to understand the work involved with earning the money to go. So, together they came up with Play Well Jewelry. Play Well Jewelry would offer Lego necklaces and bracelets and all the proceeds would go towards Alicia’s trip.
Now, three years later, Alicia has been to Uganda twice and has taken her sister Anabelle once. She’s now running Play Well Jewelry as her own nonprofit and branching out to help as many people as possible. From creating fundraisers for other organizations, to donating new Lego sets to kids in local hospitals or to local title 1 schools’ STEM labs, and of course donating a majority of the Lego to Play Well Africa, she’s really finding a passion for helping others.