Mia Williamson

D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Member from Connecticut

Hi, my name is Mia Williamson and I attend East Lyme High School in East Lyme, Connecticut.

I am an active member in my community and frequently volunteer. Each summer, I am a counselor in a Vacation Bible School program in which the gospel is taught to children through engaging activities. In September 2020, during the Black Lives Matter movement I helped at a car wash that raised over $2000 for the church and a scholarship to be awarded to one graduating student of color. Every winter, my friends and I participate in Operation Christmas Child and send boxes of necessities to kids in need. Along with this, my friend and I pack sandwiches for homeless shelters in the surrounding area.

Academics are very important to me. In 7th and 8th grade, I was a member of National Junior Honors Society, an organization recognized for scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. My freshman year I made high honor roll each quarter and plan on maintaining this standard throughout my remaining 3 years, when I will take AP classes. I also participate in my high school volleyball team and varsity softball as well. During the off seasons, I play co-ed hockey and travel softball. Being an athlete has highlighted the importance of staying drug free if you want to perform at the best of your ability.

I hope through my experience as a leader and athlete I can help kids understand the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. With my peers and Connecticut as a whole in mind, as a YAB member I intend to use this opportunity to reduce vaping appeal to teenagers everywhere.