Senior at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Penn., teen activist
Katy Ma is a senior at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and a teen activist. She currently interns at Givology, a grassroots organization that funds education projects and helps children worldwide receive the means to a quality education. Givology is a 100-percent volunteer-run organization created in 2008 which, so far, has contributed over $300,000 to support projects all over the world! She founded the "I Am Proud" campaign, a project that aims to encourage teens to share their stories, build self esteem, and embrace positive body image--regardless of the projections of 'beauty' constructed by mainstream media and advertising. Above all, she hopes that the campaign can provide teens with a supportive environment that promotes personal growth. She believes that teens have the power to change the world by defying negative influences and chasing their individual passions. To check out her campaign, visit: www.iamproudcampaign.tumblr.com. Growing up, Katy has lived in Boston, New York City, Memphis, and a small rural town in China -- which, combined, has fostered in a her a great affinity for travelling and exploration. As an Asian-American, she is fascinated by the study of different cultures and loves meeting people from diverse backgrounds. For fun, she enjoys music, socializing, painting, and watching films!"