'Inclusion begins with I'
Representing her home state as USA National Miss Arkansas Preteen, Ava Mae bested delegates throughout the United States to claim the national crown in Disney World this past summer. As USA National Preteen, Ava Mae uses her title to enact effective change through the organization’s core values of inspiring: Compassion, Kindness, and Earth. She champions its mission through inclusivity projects and will continue to uphold her efforts nationwide. A 7th grader at Lincoln Jr High, Ava Mae can be found dancing with the High Pointe Performing Arts Studio, volunteering in the One to One Special Needs Program Program, and serving as an instrumental member of her school's 'Ignite' student leadership program. This straight-A scholar hopes to use her experience with helping others as a future occupational therapist or special education teacher. No matter what she decides to pursue, Ava Mae enjoys serving as a role model and mentor to others and will prioritize an inclusive environment as your USA National Preteen.
From traveling the state of Arkansas to touring the country, Ava Mae Masters is reaching milestones with her personal initiative, ‘Inclusion Begins With I, Inc’, A nonprofit centered around being kind to others and recognizing friendships within students who have differences or disabilities. After seeing a peer with special needs being mistreated, Ava Mae took a stance and spoke to over 3,000 kids about her awareness campaign, resulting in Inclusion Begins With I, Inc being proclaimed by the Governor in the state of Arkansas.
Ava Mae diligently aids to her ambassador program, honing inclusion advocates in 12 different states that she equips with merchandise, tools, and resources so they can spread the importance of kindness in their communities. She plans to conduct a Kindness Tour and double the number of scholarships she has already provided to youth who embody compassion for others. Ava Mae will launch inclusionbeginswithi.org to interact with her audience and grow her platform in various avenues.
A leader, role model, and inspiration, Ava Mae Masters is on the frontlines to combat bullying, push respectability, and be the voice for the voiceless by implementing inclusivity in spaces that need it the most.