Meet the 2021 #AerieREAL Changemakers! Aerie granted $20,000 to each of the 20 ideas 23 advocates have for changing the world. They’re providing resources to their communities. They’re creating social consciousness by empowering youth. These Changemakers are building strong foundations and keep it REAL. It is our honor to celebrate these incredible individuals who are pushing humanity forward.
I started Adaptive Parent Project to provide resources and support for parents with disabilities worldwide.
I founded Glow Wellness Tour, a health & wellness educational platform, community, and event series (virtual & in-person) focused on BIPOC Latinas and Women of Color from multicultural backgrounds to help them reclaim their wellbeing, after identifying the lack of access and diversity in wellness.
Karen Zhao & Mylan Young
We started a mobile dental clinic in our community. SMILE provides free dental care to those with physical, social, or financial barriers to care, such as homeless patients, women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence, incarcerated patients, special needs patients, and more.
I created Inclusion Fusion, an organized dedicated to advocate for inclusion and acceptance. Inclusion Fusion provides a variety of inclusive programs for individuals with disabilities, like life skills, social skills, and dance classes, with the overall mission to help everyone achieve a successful and independent life.
My nonprofit organization Project Libertad defends kids against deportation to dangerous situations and fights for a world where all immigrant kids have access to the legal services, social services, academic support, and leadership opportunities they need and deserve.
My mother and I co-founded Pride and Less Prejudice, a non-profit organization that sends LGBTQ-inclusive books to PreK to third grade classrooms across the United States and Canada. We also offer free teacher resource guides, professional development workshops, and author read-alouds.
Three Little Ghouls: Ambika, Sahara, Taylor
We’re the authors of Three Little Ghouls! Our book series seeks to bring underrepresented forms of diversity to the forefront of the fantasy genre, children’s literature and elementary schools. We poured our personal passions and advocacy into this project and we hope to enchant the world for our young readers, while also spreading the message of self love and acceptance.
Welcome to the fam, Changemakers! We’re so excited about the tomorrows you are building and can’t wait to hear more about it.
Are you our next #AerieREAL Changemaker? Learn more about the program here!