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My name is Elizabeth Vallejo and I am an Agent of Change. I am 15 years old and a Sophomore at Palmer Trinity. My mother is Colombian/Cuban and my father is Nicaraguan. I am extremely passionate about music. I play the cello, guitar, ukulele, and bass. If there is a concert going on here in Miami, I will be the first to know about it. I also love learning about people and the environment. With my love for music and my goals to make a positive change here in South Florida, I hope to create an initiative that will reverberate and make a difference even after my time here in Palmer Trinity.
Last year, I was very involved in the Orchid Project here in Palmer Trinity. I helped cultivate and reintroduce an orchid that was near extinction here in South Florida. I also competed in a contest to create a song about the importance of biodiversity. My partner and I won “Best Performance”. The positive response I received from the song helped me to realize how important a person’s voice can be. I knew that I can combine my passion for music and the arts with something I really cared about, which was changing the world. Currently, I have a company called Self-esTEEm. It is a clothing line that helps promote empowerment for girls here in South Florida. I created it with goal in mind: to help young girls realize their value and to help grow their confidence. I have used my skills in photography and computer programing to my advantage as I launch my initiative.
In my family there are many creative minds, my mom is a passionate and very skillful interior designer and my dad is an intelligent entrepreneur who is always thinking of new ideas for his company or to prove things in his day to day life.On the other hand, my youngest brother is eleven years old and he is a constant reminder to never let go of my inner child and that it is ok to have a little fun sometimes. Finally, there is my big brother Rodrigo, he was an Agent of Change last year. I’ve learned many important things from him and he is an inspiration to always reach for what you want regardless of what others might tell you. All of these qualities from my family have always stuck to me throughout my entire life, it has all built up to the person I am today.
Some things that people don’t know about me is my love of the ocean. I surf and free dive occasionally. I have also gone shark tagging with the University of Miami. I am glad I have had the opportunity to experience such unique things in my life.
One of my life changing moments was in the eighth grade. I went to Warped Tour for the first time. I had gone to a few festivals before and a total of about 40 concerts prior to this. Like I said earlier, if there is a concert in Miami, I would know about it. During my time at the festival, I was able to immerse myself in the culture that is the Music Industry. I met many people who dedicated their lives to create a movement that was for the greater good.Their entire lives revolved around making music something which everyone could come together and feel united. Everywhere I looked in the festival, there wasn’t a single person who was not smiling. Each of the 9 thousand people there had their own pasts and futures, but were all experiencing the same present. I knew then, that that was something I wanted to create. I hope that with whatever initiative I achieve, it could become something that could empower people in the same way I felt at my first festival.