Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) rising 8th grader and youth literacy awareness activist Damácia Howard has been named the 2017 National Youth Activist Community Ambassador Award Winner.
This is the third year that Manup Against Bullying has held the National Youth Activist Awards. Damácia was one of 19 nominees for the Community Ambassador Award, which is also the largest nominee category at the event.
“She was overjoyed when the blanket was dropped and revealed her picture as the winner,” her mother, Regina Howard said. “She has served with Books for Africa-Atlanta since 2015 and within six month period collected over 10,000 books for the students in Africa.”
Damácia is also doing well at GCA with all honors classes and A’s on her report cards.
“Online School has allowed me to have a flexible schedule to do my pageant events and community service projects,” Damácia said. “What I love most is how I am supported by my teachers, administrators, and classmates. Although, the classes are rigorous, my teachers work with us to make sure we have a good understanding. I am happy with GCA and look forward to High School!”
She explains that you don’t do community service with awards in mind but it feels great that people recognize what you are doing.
“I am really excited I was able to get this award and be able to meet some great new people at this event,” Damácia said. “It always feels great to volunteer and just to help a person in need. I am very thankful for this award even though I feel like I don’t deserve it.”