Amber Abernathy, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, class of 2014
Recent Holy Innocents’ graduate Amber Abernathy is working to stop violence in her community.
As part of a service project for the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy’s Choose to Matter contest called “All Teens Against Violence,” she held a seminar at Woodland Middle School that featured members of the East Point Police Department speaking on the dangers of gun violence.
The academy is part of a peer-to-peer mentoring program for young teen females called Girl Talk. “I was really shy in middle school,” said Amber, explaining that the program helped her develop confidence.
After creating her service project, Amber received the National Leader of the Year 2013-14 award, which included a $1,000 college scholarship.
“Amber has literally been a standout since the first time I met her, at an interview for prospective students when she was in the 5th grade,” said Chris Pomar, assistant headmaster for enrollment and planning at Holy Innocents’. “Even at that young age, her poise and sweet spirit stood out in a way that made you take note. You could tell she had a depth to her that belied her youth, and that she was a rare and exceptional young woman. Her success and accomplishments impress me almost as much as the humility with which she achieves them.”
Also interested in international issues, Amber was part of the Global Citizenship program from her sophmore to senior year. During her junior year she traveled to Costa Rica with Botany Student Travel to a small village called Bonanza Del Norte, where she interacted with the Tico, or the local natives.
Amber said she also wants to continue her work against violence, extending her campaign with a new movement called “Kicking Away Violence,” a peer mentoring program where high school and middle school students team up, similar to the Big Brother program.
“Positive mentorship is everything,” Amber said.
Amber will be attending Brandeis University on a Posse scholarship that will cover full tuition. She plans on majoring in international business and possibly minoring in politics.
This article was prepared by Quincy Brooks, a student at Riverwood International Charter High School.