Volunteering is a lifestyle
Volunteering at the Age of 2
Amanda Mason knows the importance of giving back. When she was a little girl she helped her Mom volunteer at the local nursing homes and spent time with the residents. From Bingo, to Karaoke, Ice Cream Socials and Holiday Parties she brought smiles to all her new adoptive grandparents.
Making Reading A Reality
In 2004, Amanda was invited to Chair her first national community service campaign, “Making Reading a Reality.” This program was an initiative of Representative Faye Club, who was the President of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL). The program was designed to educate children on the importance of reading and inspire them to read more. As the national chair of the program, Amanda was invited to perform and speak before legislators around the country and attend their annual meetings.
Katrina Backpack Project
In 2005, Amanda received the Key to Kenner, Louisiana for her “Katrina Backpack” campaign. She donated 2,000 CDs of her original song “HOME” and 500 children’s backpacks filled with books, toys and grooming items to families without homes during the holiday, because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. CD’s placed in the backpacks contained a personal message from families and others in the Tampa Bay area wishing them well.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MOVEMENT WAS BORN
At the following NFWL Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Amanda had the opportunity to speak about the problems facing teens at the premier of the movie “Chumscrubbers.” The movie features Glenn Close, Rita Hanks and numerous other stars who donated their time to help deliver a message about the dangers of teens abusing prescription drugs. At that moment, Amanda realized prescription drug abuse was a widespread problem. It's a national issue that went beyond her high school (nicknamed "The Pharmacy"). She wanted to take a stand and do something, which led her to her personal platform.
For the past 14 years, Amanda has dedicated her volunteer efforts to educating teens and middle school students on the dangers of abusing drugs and alcohol. What is unique about Amanda's Middle School Movement: Reaching Youth Before Alcohol and Drugs Do prevention program, she incorporates music, challenges the kids to think about their dreams and incorporates her own personal steps she took to make positive choices which lead her to her dream.
"It's just as important to encourage kids to make good decisions and give them tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle to accomplish their dreams; as it is to share the dangerous truths about drugs and alcohol." Amanda wants our next generation to happy, healthy and unstoppable.
Other Organizations Amanda has worked with...
American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Children's Miracle Network, Make-A-Wish, Building Homes for Heroes, Wounded Warrior Project, Rebuilding Together, Ronald McDonald House, Locks of Love, Broadway Cares, Gigi's Playhouse, Rebuilding Together, NYC Rescue Mission, WGirls, S.A.D.D (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Project GLAM, GMHC, Riverside Hawks and Safe America Foundation.