Having the ability to connect with the community with B.R.A.V.E. has opened so many doors to begin very necessary conversations. Students get excited to learn and be a part of something (even if it is currently virtually). My personal platform of women’s empowerment has its footing in what B.R.A.V.E. stands for. Starting at a young age, we all must love and accept ourselves to be able to know who we are and why we are important. Finding those values within ourselves makes it possible for us to find those values within others as well!
Never did I expect to see how much B.R.A.V.E. has empowered my fellow titleholders to make a difference but also a change in myself. Connection is something we really need to foster more of in 2021 and I am honored to represent this organization and B.R.A.V.E to make a difference!
Since then I have been learning more and more about bullying and all the different types of it. As the title holder I am having big fun with all of the adventures and journeys this is taking me on. The word BRAVE reminds me of the phrase “brave and beautiful” in which makes me feel if I am brave I will be beautiful on the inside. Brave is important to me because I have been a bystander and I totally regret it every single day of my life.
Last year there was a lot of bullying happening in my class and it has given me a lot anxiety and problems with my mental health. To conclude I would tell you never be a bystander and stop what bullying you see.
Last year when I held the title of Miss New Hampshire High School America I was able to do a BRAVE presentation and we talked about how bullying is everywhere. There were adults who were telling stories of being bullied in adulthood by strangers and even doctors. I think this was an eye opening event for everyone who was involved in the presentation.
This year I have been working on my own platform and I have tried to incorporate BRAVE into it. My platform is for spreading joy to those who may be going through tough times and just need a light to make their day better. I feel BRAVE has taught me how to help those around me no matter your age, size, beliefs and so much more. BRAVE is so much more than an anti bullying campaign, it has helped so many find hope and know it is okay to stand up for yourself and to spread love.
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!