Miranda Torrey, 12, of Lisbon, Maine, a seventh-grader at Philip W. Sugg Middle School, is an enthusiastic and active volunteer who has served her community in a variety of ways since she was 6 years old. “I learned early on that it’s important to consider what other people deal with,” she said. “I saw so many struggling just to put food on their tables or take care of sick family members. There are so many ways that we can help our community.”
She has read to young children at a local library, visited schools to promote anti-bullying education, held an event that generated $1,300 for Make-a-Wish Maine, and participated in many community events advancing a wide variety of causes. But perhaps Miranda’s most impactful project has been the youth movement she started with her mom called “Kid’s Speak.” The initiative encourages kids to empower themselves, and each other, by giving voice to their thoughts and experiences – a mission Miranda has supported through a Facebook community, public speaking and fundraising for an anti-bullying group.“I want kids to know that they aren’t alone, that we are all just trying to figure things out,” she said.