D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Member from Alabama
Hello, my name is Asia Brown. I am a sophomore at Hooper Academy in Hope Hull, Alabama. My parents are Eric and Rhonda Brown. I have two siblings: my brother Ronen and my sister Audie.
I am an active member of the girls’ basketball and softball teams for my school and community where I have received numerous awards, but the ones close to my heart are the Best Defensive Player award and the Colt Award. My classmates have selected me to be one of the Homecoming attendants every year since 7th grade. In my free time I enjoy designing and creating clothes. I was able to have my designs featured in a fashion show. My goal is to get a scholarship for softball and become a pediatric nurse, as well as design clothes in my spare time as a hobby.
I grew up in New Life Church of God in Christ where I have participated in the youth choir, praise dance, and youth Sunday. Now I am an active youth teacher. Being a youth leader has given me the opportunity to talk to the youth about issues that they encounter in everyday life and advise them on how to make wise decisions and become leaders in the community.
My involvement with D.A.R.E. started back in the first grade, and it has been amazing ever since. D.A.R.E. of Montgomery has the best officer: Officer Kofee Anderson. He has a heart for the kids. Being actively involved in D.A.R.E. has helped me become more of a leader in my community, and it helps me not be shy and to be the person who makes changes.
In today’s society there’s a lot of bullying, whether verbal, physical, or cyber. Kids that are bullied experience depression and anxiety. They feel alone, and they may feel the need to start trying illegal drugs. This is close to me because I have had to step in to prevent kids from bullying others just because they don’t know them or don’t like what they wear. As a result, the person bullied was talking about suicide.
With D.A.R.E., I plan to continue to bring awareness to this issue to help prevent kids from being bullied and using illegal drugs.
I am honored to be the D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board Representative for the state of Alabama.