New York, NY - April 25, 2014 — Girls Inc. is thrilled to announce that Arianna Lopez, 17, is named a “Hero For Change” at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday, April 26. Arianna is being recognized for her leadership in highlighting the risks smoking holds for her community and helping make Carpinteria (CA) a smoke-free city.
As a young girl, Arianna battled illness, including a head injury at age five. At Girls Inc., Arianna has built resilience, a support network of friends and mentors, and skills to become an advocate and a community leader. She has completed over 2,600 community service hours. Arianna spent six years working to ban smoking including researching, attending trainings, connecting with local businesses, educating community members, and speaking at City Council meetings. She also helped write, produce, and appear in a PSA around the issue.
“Arianna embodies our mission of being strong, smart, and bold, and demonstrates how with the right support, girls can achieve and change their communities for the better,” Victoria Juarez, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “Arianna is an incredible girl who is fighting for a positive future for herself and others every day, and we thank Radio Disney for celebrating her.”