Hello, my name is Alyssa Hefner and I am extremely blessed to be your Miss North Carolina Collegiate 2021! Growing up I always loved to volunteer in my community and my aunt was the director for my county's Women’s Shelter so that is where I spent most of my time giving back. But the more time I spent the more I realized it wasn't just for women, kids much younger than I was having to come to stay at this shelter due to domestic violence in the home. So when I heard, BRAVE is Miss Collegiate America’s national platform, I knew this was a perfect way to educate others on how bullies can become batterers. Studies show that 34% of children who come from domestic violence homes engage in bullying. With that, I hope to be an ambassador who speaks on BRAVE and the connection between domestic violence and bullying to all grade levels. In doing so I hope to empower children to have a voice, believe in themselves, and encourage them to reach out regarding the violence to get the help needed in order to stop the cycle. By actively listening to what they have to say I can help them bolster the power of their voices to be heard by those that can make a difference.
Welcome to the BRAVE Blog, I'm Carly, Miss Houston Collegiate America and I am working together with other titleholders in the MHSA organization to share the message of BRAVE and why it is so important!