October 2012 - Super Star Student of the Month
The Deltona City Commission, recognizes youth by nomination of teachers for a special award and ceremony held at City Hall.
Olivia was recognized for her outstanding academic achievements in elementary school, but also for her achievements in creating Save the Earth Projects (S.T.E.P.) and raising funds for her school to offer tutoring programs for those with financial needs. This is the year S.T.E.P. officially began
April 2013 - Johana Knox Award for Community Service Excellence
December 2014 - YMCA "Making a Difference" Award for Community and Service Excellence
July 2014 - Kohl’s Cares Local and Regional Scholarship Recipient for Community Service and Social Responsibility
Kohl’s Department Stores’ (NYSE: KSS) Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program honors nearly 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward higher education. Olivia was chosen with two other youths from the Orlando-area from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in their local communities. “Kohl’s is proud to recognize the 182 regional winners nationwide for their dedication to making their communities a better place to live,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “We commend these bright volunteers for being inspiring examples for others as they have made a difference in their own communities and touched the lives of others through their efforts.”
April 2015 - Prudential Spirit of Community Award
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.
The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 19 years, more than 370,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and more than 100,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts.
Olivia was honored to be in the top 10% of all nominees, and was nominated by community leaders.
Who is Olivia?
Olivia is a catalyst for social responsibility. She created S.T.E.P. after having been impacted by a FEMA flood that took away her home, school, belongings and community. Although she experienced homelessness and disaster, she also experienced the good communities can do when they come together for a bigger purpose. That is what birthed S.T.E.P. as a way to give back to communities and to engage people to come up with ways to make this Earth a better place for us all.
Olivia has been featured in blogs, articles, radio interviews, and more. She is a recurring guest of the "Own Your Dreams with Ona Brown" motivational radio show, a guest lecturer for Operation Hope (a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center) for their adult entrepreneurship classes, and has been a guest speaker for organizations such as C.A.T.A.L.Y.S.T., Junior League of Boca Raton, Rotary Club, several city councils, Global Youth Initiatives with the John Maxwell Team, and much more. Olivia's projects inspire youth and adults to take action in living responsibly locally, raising awareness nationally, and giving globally. You can read more about Olivia on her LinkedIn page
What is S.T.E.P.?
S.T.E.P. is a social responsibility initiative intended to fulfill the mission for everyone to live more responsibly with our resources locally, raise awareness for issues nationally, and whenever possible give back globally through either time, resources, or finances. As the founder, Olivia developed the name, the purpose, the mission, and directs all programs.
Together we can make a BIG difference. One S.T.E.P. at at time!