Alexa Watts, NC

"#myWHYis Random Acts. This organization challenges people to complete Random Acts of Kindness around the world, both big & small. One of my favorite quotes is, "Throw kindness around like confetti" because not only does the quote itself make people smile, but it encourages me to spread and celebrate acts of kindness everyday." 

Jenna Curran, NJ

#myWHYis Circle of Sisterhood. This organization helps build schools and break down educational barriers for women and and girls all over the world. When I wake up in the morning I am inspired by the amazingly ambitious girls who sit outside the classroom just incase they can overhear what the teacher says and learn something, anything. Often, girls are left out of the educational equation and it is the girls that continue to fight through the obstacles to be in a classroom that motivate me to go to my classes, absorb as much as possible and run with my knowledge.

Like Malala Yousafzai beautifully states, "One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world." Once you are taught, you can teach, and that is powerful. 

Madison Welsh, NC

"A God that loves me unconditionally, a family that supports me, friends that stick by me, a boyfriend that I can always lean on, a sorority that empowers me, and the way that all of these things combined make me want to be a better version of myself every single day!"

Arian Simone, GA

When asked her Why of creating her Fearless Queens Mentoring Program, Arian replied,

"In all honesty, initially this was not something I wanted to do. I get stopped all the time by people asking me to mentor them and I say no because I know my schedule, and I take the time commitment of mentorship seriously. Then one day after a speaking engagement, a young lady by the name of Dasia approached me for mentorship. This happens quite often and again due to the time commitment I would have normally declined. I asked her was she willing to invest in herself? She said yes. So Instead of just directing her to my one on one session, which is $250/hour, after speaking to her she motivated me to come up with a cost effective group plan that would be for $100 each month that would include women coming together in a group session. Once we started the program and I witnessed the amazing testimonies, accomplishments and transformations that were happening in the lives of the women who signed up, they requested that I continue it. So the task weighed heavy on heart. I then asked myself “Arian Simone who are you to hold back on blessing all these people?”  So I knew it was my duty to continue. To Whom Much Is Given Much Is Required"

To learn more about Arian and her career, please check out her interview with Cosmopolitan here!

Ellen Gillies, NY

" My why is to continue to support my children and their friends to not give up on their passions because their "whys" is what will shape our future. There compassion for community makes them a positive energy for the world and its future."

Alex Jefferson, NC

"I make short films in order to bring others joy, whether it be a laugh or simply give them something or someone to relate to. I want to be able to use my films and my voice to raise awareness about current social issues and to spark change in my community."

Sara Jones, NC

"My Why is to make an impact and be impacted by my friends and family's lives. I want to become a better person because of knowing them and hope that I can find a way to make a difference in their lives. I may not make a huge difference in this world but I want to do all that I can to make a small one."