Activism, leadership, and community organizing at any age
11-year old Mari Copeny has done more for her community than any politicians have.
She and her family put together water drives for the Flint community from their ongoing fundraisers. Mari has raised over $350,000 from people all over the nation to buy clean water bottles for her fellow Flintians struggling for clean water.
When Mari wrote a letter to President Obama at age 8, not only did she get to meet the sitting president, but she showed him just what was going on in her community. She's also helped kids in the prominently-black community feel empowered, hosting screenings of encouraging cultural movies like Black Panther at local movie theaters, and founding the Pack Your Back Program.
This year, Mari won a Shorty Award for Best in Activism, a huge honor for someone at any age, let alone sixth grade! Our race sends funds directly to Mari's GoFundMe campaign, so we can make sure that our funds go directly to the people that are helping the Flint community.