ABRIANA SILVESTRI

D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Member from New Jersey

My name is Abriana Silvestri. I am 13 years old and I will be a freshman this year at Somerville High school. My parents are Erica and Robert Silvestri. I have one sister, her name is Kaitlynn and she will be entering seventh grade this year.

I have many passions, but I am most passionate about dance. I have been dancing since I was two and a half years old and I am currently a member of the Elite Dance Competition Team. In addition to the competitive dance team and multiple other dance classes; I also student teach the younger dancers that attend the studio. This has afforded me the opportunity to embrace one of my other passions, children. This has been a great opportunity for me to help kids while doing something I love. I also help with the children’s birthday parties and activities hosted there.

Additionally, I have been a Girl Scout since I was five years old. Within the Girl Scouts, I have participated in many community service events. I have helped serve dinner to the veterans at certain veteran housing associations and helped to clean up community gardens of trash and weeds while replanting plants. I am currently pursuing my Silver Award.

I have also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society throughout all of middle school. I have served in the past as the Secretary and most recently, this year, I had the honor of serving as the President of this organization. We completed and participated in many community service events as well. Some include, playing games with senior citizens, doing several coat drives to help those less fortunate, throwing a Pennies for Patients fundraiser for two years in a row and more. I was also selected to be a part of the Peer Leadership program during my eighth grade year. This was an amazing opportunity for me, as I got to teach younger kids the effects of drugs and alcohol. While doing this I learned some more insightful facts about the effects of drugs and alcohol on your bodies physical and mental health.

I am also a part of the Elks Antlers organization. This is an organization of 12 to 18 year olds that help to make a difference in the community. Since being in this organization we have completed our yearly car wash where all the proceeds are donated to a certain charity. We have bought coats and supplies from Costco and donated them to S.H.I.P., an organization that helps the homeless and this year we are planning many events that will benefit our community in different ways. The Antlers help to support many committees and events hosted by the Elk’s. Most recently we supported the Annual Softball Fundraiser, where all proceeds go to Jack’s Kids. Jack’s Kids is an organization that raises money to help support sick children and their families.

I also have been fortunate enough to attend our community’s Youth Police Academy Program the past two years. This program allowed us to better understand some of the daily responsibilities of our law enforcement community.

I was a fifth and seventh grade D.A.R.E. graduate. I loved being apart of the D.A.R.E. program as it truly thrived off of child participation. Because of this aspect of the program children automatically learned the effects of drugs and alcohol and how to control our actions when put into certain real life situations.

I am excited to see what my future holds. Being a Y.A.B. with the D.A.R.E. program will allow me to continue working with children and being a positive role model to them. I also hope to continue dancing, volunteering and giving back to my community.

My name is Abriana Silvestri. I am 13 years old and I will be a freshman this year at Somerville High school. My parents are Erica and Robert Silvestri. I have one sister, her name is Kaitlynn and she will be entering seventh grade this year.

I have many passions, but I am most passionate about dance. I have been dancing since I was two and a half years old and I am currently a member of the Elite Dance Competition Team. In addition to the competitive dance team and multiple other dance classes; I also student teach the younger dancers that attend the studio. This has afforded me the opportunity to embrace one of my other passions, children. This has been a great opportunity for me to help kids while doing something I love. I also help with the children’s birthday parties and activities hosted there.

Additionally, I have been a Girl Scout since I was five years old. Within the Girl Scouts, I have participated in many community service events. I have helped serve dinner to the veterans at certain veteran housing associations and helped to clean up community gardens of trash and weeds while replanting plants. I am currently pursuing my Silver Award.

I have also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society throughout all of middle school. I have served in the past as the Secretary and most recently, this year, I had the honor of serving as the President of this organization. We completed and participated in many community service events as well. Some include, playing games with senior citizens, doing several coat drives to help those less fortunate, throwing a Pennies for Patients fundraiser for two years in a row and more. I was also selected to be a part of the Peer Leadership program during my eighth grade year. This was an amazing opportunity for me, as I got to teach younger kids the effects of drugs and alcohol. While doing this I learned some more insightful facts about the effects of drugs and alcohol on your bodies physical and mental health.

I am also a part of the Elks Antlers organization. This is an organization of 12 to 18 year olds that help to make a difference in the community. Since being in this organization we have completed our yearly car wash where all the proceeds are donated to a certain charity. We have bought coats and supplies from Costco and donated them to S.H.I.P., an organization that helps the homeless and this year we are planning many events that will benefit our community in different ways. The Antlers help to support many committees and events hosted by the Elk’s. Most recently we supported the Annual Softball Fundraiser, where all proceeds go to Jack’s Kids. Jack’s Kids is an organization that raises money to help support sick children and their families.

I also have been fortunate enough to attend our community’s Youth Police Academy Program the past two years. This program allowed us to better understand some of the daily responsibilities of our law enforcement community.

I was a fifth and seventh grade D.A.R.E. graduate. I loved being apart of the D.A.R.E. program as it truly thrived off of child participation. Because of this aspect of the program children automatically learned the effects of drugs and alcohol and how to control our actions when put into certain real life situations.

I am excited to see what my future holds. Being a Y.A.B. with the D.A.R.E. program will allow me to continue working with children and being a positive role model to them. I also hope to continue dancing, volunteering and giving back to my community.

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All Rights Reserved.