Zaniya joins Fox29 News to share her experience being the Seventeen Magazine contest winner.
Zaniya receives the opportunity of a lifetime, meeting Former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Zaniya was chosen 1 out of 3 student-athletes in the United States to travel with the NBPA and NBA on an amazing community service to South Africa in 2015.
Growing up in a military family sparked Zaniya’s passion for service and activism. At the age of 13, Zaniya helped established the New Jersey National Guard Teen Panel, a speakers bureau for military kids. During her six-year term, she organized programs, camps, and trips for military kids. She received the Summer of Service Grant from Youth Service of America to further this cause. At the age of 16, she interned in the Office of Assemblyman Troy Singleton where she helped develop legislation for military kids, the bill was passed in 2015. In 2014, she co-founded The Kindness Project, a community service club at her high school that organized and managed school-wide service activities. At age 17, Zaniya was chosen 1 out of 3 student-athletes in the United States of America to travel with the NBPA and NBA on an amazing community service trip to South Africa. At age 18, Zaniya became a co-winner of Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Seventeen Better Make Room Essay contest. She interviewed Mrs.Obama and appeared on the cover of the May 2016 Issue of Seventeen.
In December of 2016, Zaniya founded her own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called YesSheCanCampaign, to empower and inspire girls and young women to overcome adversity and continue their education. To date, YesSheCanCampaign has volunteered over 15,000 hours, worked with 2,000+ students nationwide, won five nationals awards, and one international award. YesSheCanCampaign has helped students win over $700,000 in scholarships.
Zaniya has worked with national and local non-profit organizations across the nation. Zaniya has proudly served on several advisory boards such as the Ronald McDonald Teen Advisory Board, Day of the Girl - US, 1,000 Dreams Fund, GW Black Student Union, and New Jersey National Guard Teen Panel. Zaniya has received many accolades for her work such as the Diana Award, Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship, Microsoft Grant Recipient, Zonta Young Women In Public Service, New Jersey Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, Young, Gifted and Woke Influential Speakers To Watch In 2018, New Jersey Governor's Jefferson Award for Public Service, and countless more. Zaniya has been featured in Seventeen, BET, Sports Illustrated Kids, CBS News, ESSENCE Girls United, MAKERS Women, 6abc Actions News, Fox 29 Good Day, Good Day DC, and more. In the summer of 2019, Zaniya interned with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
In August 2019, Zaniya was awarded The Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning to start a new YesSheCanCampaign program called The Climb Is Our Story in Washington D.C. In addition, Zaniya is currently an Entrepreneurial Fellow for the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the GWomen x Springboard 2019 cohort and Clinton Global Initiative University. Zaniya has facilitated over a dozen workshops focusing on college preparation, career readiness, scholarships, social impact, and more. Zaniya’s mission in life is to inspire others to keep climbing and to use their passions to make a difference in the world.
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