Carolina Minton-Frias wins SENIA Student Award 2015

SENIA-CarolinaCarolina Minton-Frias, a student of West Academy of Beijing, wins the SENIA Student Award 2015. The SENIA Student Award honors a student with a disability who excels and advocates for the aspirations of children and youth with disabilities in Asia.

Carolina was born with a cleft palate and had to undergo four surgeries. Aside from this, she suffered from multiple ear infections, scoliosis, gluten intolerance and learning challenges including ADHD, dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Even with all her difficulties, Carolina has raised money for surgery of other children who have cleft palate. She is also a prime mover of the New Hope Foundation which has programs for orphans in need of medical care from across China. When Carolina was in 6th grade, she received the title of “Difference Maker” from Rick Hanson Foundation. Her leadership in fundraising for Operation Smile and her work with Locks of Love were cited by the foundation.

Ever the change agent, Carolina presented a TEDxYouth talk at her school. Watch Carolina and be inspired.

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