Alexandria Brady-Mine, 18, of Gainesville, Fla., a senior at F.W. Buchholz High School, founded nonprofit organizations to educate people around the world about human rights issues and to provide assistance to senior citizens in her community. She also is an executive director of an international nonprofit dedicated to promoting acceptance, defying stereotypes and defeating hate. Her two grandmothers were the inspiration for her volunteer work, said Alexandria. One was a single mother who fought to educate her children after fleeing Haiti; the other was an educator who developed Alzheimer’s disease.
When her maternal grandmother began to forget her family, “it became important for me to carry on her legacy of helping others,” said Alexandria. “I decided the best way to honor her would be through helping the elderly.” She began performing simple tasks for a small group of seniors, such as cooking, washing dishes and taking care of pets. Later, she introduced various technologies to help them feel less isolated and communicate more easily with family and friends. Alexandria’s second nonprofit, “The Human Projects,” is addressing and raising awareness of human rights issues through initiatives including two mentorship programs and a virtual reality curriculum for high school and college students. As executive director of another organization, “Redefy,” Alexandria manages an international team of more than 100 student volunteers and arranges grant funding to promote social justice and positive perspectives through school workshops and online media.