Incoming junior Alvira Tyagi is doing whatever she can to help refugees. This summer, she held a month-long collection drive at the William K. Sanford town library, collecting thousands of items to be donated to a local refugee organization, the Albany RISSE Center. More than 50 volunteers helped her run the booth.
“It took a lot of work, but I am so glad that I was able to inspire change in our community,” Alvira said. “I look forward to continuing my social activism throughout my life.”
And she won’t be alone in that, with help coming from friends and family. “My brother, Aarya, who will be entering the high school this year as a freshman, has also been a major support throughout my volunteerism,” Alvira said.
In addition to the three collection drives she’s now hosted, Alvira also founded the Teens for Refugees Club at the high school. “I wanted to do more to reach out to students my age, and inform them about this global crisis,” Alvira said. “Currently, I have around 30 volunteers in the club, and I am so excited to expand even more this coming school year.”