AIM Graduate Receives TD Bank Young Heroes Award

Recent AIM Academy graduate Isabelle Jolinger was recently named a National Liberty Museum Young Hero for 2019. Jolinger, who will attend Syracuse University this fall, is among 13 young people recognized by the organization with the TD Bank Young Heroes Awards given to young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities.

Each year the Liberty Museum looks "for young people who have championed liberty by engaging in civic activities; promoting respectful resolutions to conflict; advocating for diversity and inclusive environments for everyone; and taking leadership roles in their school or community."

Jolinger was nominated for her focus on helping others through international service work and especially through her work with AIM's Eye to Eye mentoring program at AMY Northwest Middle School. Eye to Eye is a national organization where students with learning disabilities mentor younger students who also have learning disabilities at other schools through arts projects and a social/emotional curriculum.

"I am so honored to be recognized for the Young Heroes Award," Jolinger said. "Becoming a mentor for Eye to Eye has been so important and rewarding. It has enabled me to connect with and empower middle school students with learning differences by sharing our experiences without judgement."

"Izzy is a hero to many children and to see her take her own learning difference and transform it into something so powerful like mentorship has been an incredible thing to watch," said AIM Head of School Chris Herman, who nominated her for the award. "She has changed so many lives with her work."

All award winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the museum on August 15 and their stories will be featured on the museum website and in an exhibit at the museum.

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