Isabella Lovain is an active member of Inspire Virginia and recently received a Youth Volunteer award. Read more...
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the 2016 Governor's Volunteerism Award winners and Inspired Leader Asabella Lovain received the Youth Volunteer Award. Here is an excerpt from the announcement on the Virginia Service website.
Youth Volunteer: Isabella Lovain (Alexandria)
What do you get when you combine idealism with hard work and pragmatism? You get a high school student who is already changing the world and making a profound difference in her community. Alexandria’s Isabella Lovain is described as a bundle of energy – part super volunteer, part civic activist, and part community organizer. Volunteering at least 10 hours per week for various organizations, Isabella has the uncanny ability to appear wherever there is a need. She also stands out because of her vision and commitment to create change on a meaningful scale. Her role as a student liaison to the Alexandria City School Board has given a voice to the 13,000 students attending public schools in her community.
She is also an active member of Inspire Virginia and has independently developed a tool to improve voter registration at her high school with the goal of registering 85 percent of all eligible students. Isabella puts her desire to serve into action – volunteering to help students with scholarship applications, serving on mission trips, participating in river cleanups, providing pro bono photography to military families, and more. She is also actively involved in many school organizations and even utilized her social media expertise to generate support for a gender neutral bathroom at her school. Perhaps what makes Isabella even more special, is her ability to enthusiastically recruit others to participate in service. Her understanding that volunteering develops a powerful kinship of people who help people is why she has been recognized by her community as Youth Volunteer of the Year and by the Points of Light Foundation. For Isabella, to volunteer is to improve life itself.
The Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards are presented by the Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism and VDSS’ Office on Volunteerism and Community Service on behalf of the Office of the Governor. These awards have recognized exceptional volunteer service in Virginia for more than 20 years.