May-ke A Difference

  • SERVICE
  • Style
  • Scholarship
  • Success

The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is full of passionate young women across the country working hard to make the world a better place. A prerequisite to compete in any competition is to have a personal platform issue- the specific cause that is particularly near and dear to us that we choose to focus our philanthropic efforts on.

Each girl in the MAOTeen organization serves their community diligently, exploring, exercising, and creating innovate ways to make a real impact. The crown (although the sparkles are amazing!) is so much more than an award or accessory. It comes with great responsibility and gives even greater opportunity. It is a sparkly microphone, providing an audience and spotlight as she continues her service so selflessly. Each point of the crown represents what makes a teen truly Outstanding; service, style, scholarship, and success.

Here in New Hampshire, we have 25 Miss and 25 Teens across the state, each one with a unique platform which they dedicate their time to and ultimately touch and change countless lives. This number varies more or less in every state through our nation, totaling up to prove that the Miss America and MAOTeen Organization is responsible for a great deal of successful leadership, social entrepreneurship, and compassionate females determined to make a difference.

When I was crowned Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen, I knew right away that one of my biggest goals for the year would be to showcase the incredible impact our titleholders are making in the world. With service as one of the emphases of our organization, enabling girls all over the country to utilize their crown to make a difference, I was eager to not only bring attention to our acts of selflessness, but to celebrate them.

To showcase the good our Outstanding Teens are doing here in the Granite State, I am dedicating the entire month of May to our girls, opening the stage to them and the platforms they care so passionately for. Each day will feature a different girl with a “Service Spotlight” on the Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen Facebook and Instagram pages where they will share everything from their inspiration, successes, goals, and more.

May-ke A Difference month is all about broadcasting the strength, passion, persistence, and empathy that pours out of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization. Our titleholders are the heart of their community and together, we create a powerful ripple of grace and goodness across the country.

Make sure you follow along because you will not want to miss out on hearing the amazing stories of our titleholders! These girls are doing incredible things and surely making the world a better place each day. Follow @maoteennh on Instagram and Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen on Facebook to ensure you are there for our month long celebration of service!

Global Youth Service Day 2020

#POVEYPOWER5k

Global Youth Service Day 2020 didn’t go as originally planned, but it certainly surpassed all of my greatest expectations. Together, we raised over $2,100 for the New Hampshire Food Bank!

Just a few days ago, I released the information about my newest initiative, the #PoveyPower5k. It was a simple idea to help my friends at the Food Bank who are experiencing an unprecedented need for food as they are serving over 40% more families than they typically do at this time. With all third party fundraising events cancelled and the demand only growing, the possibility of shortages are becoming too close to reality.

I’ve been using my new found extra time during social distancing to get back into an old passion of mine- running and as Global Youth Service Day continued to approach, I knew I wanted to find a fun way to get everyone involved in some serious service.

In just three days with LOTS of team work and #PoveyPower, we were able to donate food for nearly 4,500 New Hampshire families.

Runners, walkers, bikers, even skateboarders and horseback riders across the state of New Hampshire and even some other states around the country united to make a difference for those who needed it most, just in time for Global Youth Service Day.

I had a great day turning my street into a colorful finish line for those celebratory final steps, chasing the end to food insecurity, and most of all, witnessing change right before my eyes.

Global Youth Service day proved that while we are apart, we are far from alone. Together, we are changing to world and I have no doubt that with some hope, and a little #PoveyPower here and there, one day no one will have to know how it feels to go to bed on an empty stomach.

Stay tuned for a very special video recap of this amazing day to highlight all of the incredible change makers on the Povey Power Team who made it possible to make such an impact.

Kindness Rocks Campaign Update!

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Mother Teresa

That is exactly to purpose of #KindnessRocks. Share positivity everywhere, everyday. I may not be an artist, but I have loved leading this campaign because it not only passes along compassion in a ripple effect, but it also gets our creative juices flowing and encourages us to take advantage of the beautiful outdoors!

I think it’s safe to say I adopted painting rocks as my newest hobby, but my favorite thing about #KindnessRocks is seeing what YOU all come up with! My fellow Outstanding Teens have done a fantastic job spreading kindness throughout New Hampshire!

Keep up the great work! I want to see YOUR creativity! Tag your creation to #KindnessRocks @maoteennh to join us in celebrating compassion!

Keep Kids Reading

Every Saturday is story time! My virtual story time program on YouTube is still going strong! Check it out, so far I have read The Bad Seed, Dragons Love Tacos, The Lady With the Alligator Purse, Fish Out of Water, Buttercup the Clumsy Cow, When I Grow Up, When the TV Broke, Belle’s Secret, and my personal favorite, What Do You Do with an Idea! My mission is the Keep Kids Reading while they are out of school, so be sure to share these videos with anyone you think will enjoy! Nearly 350 New Hampshire schools have received the links, along with a few local dance studios and day cares! There are many more videos to come, so like, subscribe, and stay tuned for a new story (or two!) every Saturday!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiMCyr0_DBJN3mkgf-8QAlA

Together from Home

WMUR, New Hampshire’s ABC affiliate, held an incredibly successful fundraiser for the New Hampshire Food Bank on Friday and it was truly an honor to be able to participate.

Friday night was a great celebration of New Hampshire. Celebrities from around the the state, including Adam Sandler, Recycled Percussion, Alex Preston, Seth Myers, Ryan Griffin, Matt Bonner, and so many more gathered to raise money for our fellow Granite Staters in need during this crisis. It was an evening of music, fun, and most of all, hope.

Almost 750,000 dollars were raised, providing nearly 1.5 million meals! This was a true testament of our CommUNITY, and I am so grateful I was able to contribute.

#ForTheKids

Last week, we celebrated Children’s Hospital Week in honor of the over 10 million brave children who enter a CMN Hospital every year.

Now, more than ever, we must remember that #KidsCantWait. The millions of children already in a hospital cannot wait for a cure, the curve to flatten, or an economic boost, so it is up to us-those who are lucky enough to wait, to do our part. By simply staying home, we are saving lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I am so grateful the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has given me the platform to advocate for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. If school were still in session, I would be busy working with administrators, teachers, and fellow student council members to plan our Dance-a-thon fundraiser for Boston Children’s that was scheduled to take place in only a few weeks. Just because we can’t hold our even doesn’t mean we can’t help. Do your part and stay home for those who can’t.

Kindness ROCKS!

Looking for a way to spread some smiles in your community while also staying your distance to keep everyone healthy?

This weekend I decorated a few rocks with positive messages and designs. I chose to paint the one pictured in honor of my organization, Seeds of Hope. I left it at the peak of New Hampshire’s Joe English hike!

I loved doing this because it was such a fun way to share positivity and enjoy the fresh air! Now, I want to see you get your creative juices flowing and make someone smile with your rock. Personalize it however you want (don’t forget to keep it colorful!) and leave it somewhere for the next person to find. Post your rock with the hashtag #KindnessROCKS so we can spread kindness from coast to coast, because kindness really does rock!

“Dragons Love Tacos” and other stories with Miss NH’s Outstanding Teen

Lots of people know that I love literature… reading, writing, even the history of literature! What a better time to share that interest than during this period of social distancing?

I started a Youtube channel and on it, you will find my first ever virtual story times! I began with books “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin and “A Bad Seed” by Jory John. My goal is to keep kids reading while they’re out of school, so these videos are available to anyone interested! They have also been sent to a few local preschools, elementary schools, and dance studios as we all make the transition to a remote lifestyle.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to subscribe to Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen on Youtube so you never miss a story!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiMCyr0_DBJN3mkgf-8QAlA

Apart, not alone!

“Individually we are just one drop, but together we are the ocean.”

Ryƫnosuke Akutagawa

Hope is not pretending troubles don’t exist, or assuming they will just blow over, it is believing that they won’t last forever. There is no refresher of hope like seeing the community come together and lend a hand to our neighbors.

One of the food pantries I work closely with, a chapter of the national End 68 Hours of Hunger Organization, diligently provides school aged children who rely on school lunches with adequate food each weekend. Since the transition to remote learning, their job has become even more vital and they suddenly had a great need for help.

I quickly gathered a few boxes and kicked off a social distancing food drive with safe drop off locations in two different towns. I then turned to social media and almost immediately we had our first donation.

By the end of that first day, both of the two boxes had been packed with the food pantry’s most needed items. The pattern continued in the following days, but instead of each box filling up just once, they were beginning to overflow, fill up twice, and even fill up three times a day!

I believe there is no force stronger than that of hope, and I am endlessly thankful to live in a community that proves that to be true. In just a few days, we were able to restock the shelves of the food pantry and feed the children of our state. Once again, I am so impressed by the outpouring compassion of Granite Staters but not the least bit surprised! Teamwork and a little hope is truly all it takes.

Do you believe in unicorns?

I do!

It is no secret the covid outbreak is changing lots of things about our daily life. My good friend, Lennon, felt the impact when her fifth birthday had to be cancelled for safety measures. A princess like her deserves a super special day, so her mom turned to social media and got all of her friends to virtually wish her a happy birthday! The day before her birthday, I went shopping for her gift and I picked out a book called “Uni the Unicorn”. On the way home from the store, I happened to see- what else- a real life unicorn!

Remi was this unicorn’s name, and she helped me wish Princess Lennon the most magical birthday ever! The next day, I got to safely celebrate the birthday girl with a socially-distanced visit and a wave from the driveway to her front porch.

My visit with both Lennon and, of course, Remi proves that even in crazy times like these, friends are forever, magic is real, and ANYTHING is possible!