Inaugural ‘Teen of Impact’ campaign begins in upstate New York

Inaugural ‘Teen of Impact’ campaign begins in upstate New York

2021 Teens of Impact

A family member with heart disease, a loved one lost to cardiovascular disease, and a desire to improve the health of their communities are some of the reasons that the inaugural group of “Teens of Impact” are supporting the American Heart Association in the next eight weeks.

The newest program of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, Teen of Impact provides teens with an opportunity to make changes in their own lives and their communities by taking charge of their own health, spreading the message of health to their communities, and advocating for policies to improve health. They will also fundraise to support the American Heart Association.

The Teen of Impact campaign launched on April 19 with a Zoom pep rally highlighting each of the participants, and will conclude on June 14 at 5 p.m. Each of the teens has recruited a team to assist them in achieving their goals.

During the campaign, the teens will accrue points as they live the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

The teen whose team has the most points at the end of the eight weeks will receive a $1,000 contribution to a 529 college savings account. To receive points, the teens and their teams will complete health activities, along with fundraising, to support the AHA’s mission. Those health activities could include:

  • Embark on their own health journey
  • Learn CPR
  • Train others in CPR
  • Become Healthy for Life Facilitators, and train others in healthy living
  • Advocate for change with local and state legislators
  • Share messages on social media
  • Fundraise to support the American Heart Association

“This inaugural group of Teens of Impact are impressive,” said Liz Campbell, Senior Vice President for New York State and Pennsylvania for the American Heart Association. “Hearing from each of them during the launch of the program, as they shared their reasons for supporting the American Heart Association, and each of their goals to win the challenge, was very inspiring. These teens are investing in the health of their communities, their own health, and in the future of cardiovascular care. I wish each of them the best of luck in their campaigns.”

The teens are:

Feroze Ali of Pittsford

Carter Bryant of Amherst

Sarah Cubbage of Utica

Maria DeCaro of Baldwinsville

Marielle Emmanuel of Liverpool

Shay Kerwin of Wynantskill

Reily Mowen of Beacon

Rihanna Mullings of Middletown

Addy Pagones of Beacon

Andrea Pajazetovic of Utica

Emma Purvis of Adams

Abby Streeter of Oriskany Falls

Maddie Yarbrough of Ballston Lake