In Amelia’s nomination she was described as funny, smart, and caring. Amelia lives out her family motto of “find something you’re good at and use it to make the world a better place” daily. She spends time refilling community blessing boxes with food, dancing at local assisted living facilities, and as a mentor in the iCan dance program for special needs children. But what makes Amelia stand out is her passion for helping children in foster care. Since 2019 Amelia has donated over 15,000 night lights to children in foster care all over the world. In 2023 she officially invited 12 youth ambassadors across the country to help in her goal to deliver 2500 more lights this year. She also hosts 5-6 in person events for foster children each year in central Arkansas. Her efforts recently landed her in several national media stories as well as a spot of the Jennifer Hudson Show.
Amelia has said that as a kid who was afraid of the dark that she could imagine how scary it must be for foster children to go live with someone they may not know in a new home. She hoped a night light would help provide comfort. Her organization, Lisowe’s Lights, has raised over $150,000 in monetary, product, and in-kind donations for foster children. With her in person events she is creating a safe space for these kids to come together and create new memories. She also receives letters from foster care organizations talking about the impact her lights have on the children that receive them.
Her Ambassador program is also teaching other youth how to share their light with others.
She also truly feels an obligation to use her talents to help not only to make her community a better place, but to inspire others to do the same.
Amelia is also involved in several other organizations including Dance Dynamics company, Young players, Royal international miss, Quiz bowl (5th grade captain), Student council , BMS volleyball, and BMS dance.
Amelia is genuinely a child that loves to serve others. She often says that she gets up and goes to school like a regular kid every morning, but slips on a superhero cape after school to help change the works through service. She does all of this while maintaining an all-A average in advanced classes and dancing several days per week as a competitive dancer.