: Criminal Justice, Minor in Dance
: Miami, FLFor Mariah, civic engagement
“means givingback, and in many different ways”
your major, it’s who youare”
Mariah says with a smile.Mariah found a way to plug into the community through her passion for dance and kids.When Mariah was only a freshman in high school, a friend approached her about helping with aperforming arts summer camp. She immediately agreed because she loves to teach kids anddance;
and ever since then
been teaching the little kids how to dance.”
Every hotMiami summer, Mariah taught different styles of dance to underprivileged kids ranging in agefrom 4 to 16 years old.
“That’s my way of civic engagement; my definition
is through dance” she says.
She would get the kids all hyped up for the camp
version of America’s Best Dance Crew,
where everyone learned how to work together and engaged in choreographing dance movesand costumes! Not to mention, the encouragement to keep going and compliments for theirdance moves
rages them to want to be better
summer engagement teaching the kids at camp was only the beginning.Since becoming a college student, Mariah has taken on leadership roles and continues to giveback. On top of her weekly collegiate involvement, she guides young girls ages 9-8 through theBeautiful Butterfly mentoring program which helps them develop a healthy self-esteem andfollow their dreams. Weekends are no exception.On Saturdays, Mariah shares her creativity at service events downtown at the New Image YouthCenter, Coalition for the Homeless, Orlando Shakespeare
Theater, and Florida’s Youth Football
and Cheer. In the process of helping the children at the homeless shelter make art, she has notonly learned about the families that struggle to live with daily hunger and homelessness, butacted. Bullying is an issue
that is close to Mariah’s heart and
she hopes that she can empowerthem to rise above their current circumstances.