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Avalon Jade Theisen was 7 years old when she first dreamed she could help make the world a better place for all living things. Her efforts resulted in the creation of a non-profit organization, Conserve It Forward. Encouraging the use of kindness and compassion to confront world issues, Avalon’s goal is to help everyone feel interconnected with other living beings and the world, so that we are inspired to become positive changemakers. Some of Avalon's project focuses have been amphibian conservation, art cards for in-care residents, edutainment, animal advocacy, kindness, sustainable eating, and peacemaking.
Now age 18, Avalon is a junior at the University of South Florida (USF) pursuing a Religious Studies major, Environmental Policy minor, and Food Studies certificate. She is involved on her campus as Vice President of Programming for Sigma Kappa, Vice President of the Religious Studies Club, an active member of 2 service-based organizations, as well as an Honors College member and Provost’s Scholar. Through her involvement, service, and academic choices, she is also nearing completion of the Global Citizens Project and USF Involvement Challenge. Avalon’s collegiate activities are a continuation of the journey she has been on since childhood; they are preparing her for a career as an educator, creating and teaching topics of peacemaking and cultural studies with focuses in religious pluralism and environmentalism.
Avalon has traveled the world to share her message and work alongside others, inspiring people to believe in themselves and achieve their own dreams. She feels her greatest achievement has been connecting with youth to inspire them to take small acts towards change, helping them realize we can all make a positive difference no matter our age. Avalon has served in many capacities, such as a Youth Council member for BALANCE Edutainment/Pacha's Pajamas, an Ambassador for the National Society of High School Scholars, and a Farm Sanctuary Youth Leadership Council member. She has been a Peace First Fellow since age 16, a role that will continue until age 25.
To help her maintain balance and focus, Avalon has practiced mindfulness, meditation, and yoga throughout her teen years. In 2016, she first competed in yoga sports. She is the current USA Yoga National Youth Champion, and in December 2018, she won the title of World Champion of Yoga Sports in her division when she competed in Beijing, China.
Avalon has been a panelist at the Ashoka Future Forum in Washington, DC, a Student Roundtable participant/presenter at a White House Champions of Change event and was invited to take part in COP21 events (United Nations Climate Change Conference) in Paris, France, where she also presented.
Left: Helping other kids learn about alligator snapping turtles
Right: In Paris at COP21/United Nations Climate Change Conference events; keynote speaker at mini-COP
With Friendly Water for the World Board Chairman David H. Albert and Honorary Chairman Del Livingston; Avalon was presented with the International Young Eco-Hero Award and Everything is Possible Award while at training in Washington
For more information about Avalon, including her projects, publications, and awards,
please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/avalonjadetheisen/.
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Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award for Outstanding Youth In Conservation for 2012 by Wild South (Asheville, NC, March 2013)
Avalon was a recipient of the 2012 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes! Click here to see one of the tv interviews she did in NYC with Prize founder and New York Times best selling author T.A. Barron!