It has been almost 60 days after Hurricane Maria.  My Girl Scouts sisters continue to lend a helping hand. There are still many people in need who do not have access to hot meals.  My troop made meat lasagna rolls, sweet plantains and cookies.  All that with a power generator.  We also decorated the meal boxes and wrote nice messages. Then, off we went to deliver them!

Go out there! Be a spokesperson for a cause you believe in.  It is ok to keep it simple and colorful!

Collect Box Tops for Education! Help your school earn

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Take action! It is never too late to become a leader and help others. I started with the Girl Scouts closer to my teenage years but I did not shy away from the challenge.  Go for it! 

Share what you have so opportunities multiply! With my parents support and part of my birthday money, we invited ten girls from the Boys & Girls Club to the movies.  The girls paid such close attention to the story and were very inspired. Girl leaders!

Help a community organization pack medicines, school supplies and clothes. These were for Haiti.

Community service hours? No problem! There are many great initiatives in your community that can certainly benefit from your time and effort.  Senior citizen centers, churches, food pantries, etc... Make this more than a school requirement something you do from your heart!  Here packing grocery bags to be distributed by a social service organization.

Talk with your parents about donating your hair!    Pantene Beautiful Lengths and the American Cancer Society® make and distribute real hair wigs for        women battling cancer.  For requirements go to

Donate your books and share adventures! Here at Libros Libres', a free street book exchange where you can bring a book and take a book!  

Talk with kids and parents about a cause you support.  Make it a fun project by handing out coloring pages and crayons! Here they learned about My Plate.

Thank you so much Scholastic Kid Press for giving Puerto Rico a voice through your talented kid reporter Owen P.W. Osborne!!! He is my fellow White House Kids State Dinner Junior Chef (Louisiana '16). Thanks Owen for caring about my beautiful Island!

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We reached out to World Central Kitchen founded by        Chef Jose Andres.  They are working very hard to feed many after Hurricane Maria.  We saw busy chefs, food trucks and other volunteers giving their best.  As a junior chef, I am very proud of their work.  

Hidden Figures 20th Century Fox movie based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Visiting the Bill & Melinda Gates Hall @ Cornell University.  A wonderful new door opens up for girls interested in Computer & Information Sciences (CIS). 


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My GS sisters and I joined kids around the world as we all marched

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Girl Scouts Silver Award - My Take Action Project is Food Bank 2.0: Missionaries of Charity. I was able to replace an old chest used to organize and prepare food donations, participated as co-leader during a week long summer camp organized by the missionaries at José Celso Barbosa Residential Project and collaborated at another one of their camps at La Perla community. You can reach out to Saint Teresa of Calcutta's missionaries throughout the world. I learned so much from their dedication and compassion! Their wholehearted trust on the    Divine Providence is moving! 

Join Team No Kid Hungry! Purchase one spatula and help feed 30 healthy meals to children in need. Here with my NKH spatula designed by Giada De Laurentiis! 

How about a Back to School donation?

Bake it forward! Food Network's #Bake It Forward

#No Kid Hungry Baked these mini cupcakes to share at a

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Back to School! Share backpacks and supplies to help kids get ready for the new school year. This could be a great family project to make a difference in other kids lives!

Reach out to partners! You will find groups willing to help share your message.  Here the UPR School of Medicine allowed us to hand out My Plate  guidelines at their health fair.

Enjoy the outdoors! Visit a park! My family and I enjoyed the USAF Thunderbirds @ Castillo San Cristobal, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  

Ideas in action

First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! brought us Let's Move! Outside. Kids really enjoyed a recent event organized by the Y.  Looks like fun, right? It was! 

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Be creative! Used safely, always ask for your parents permission, technology allows you to communicate your ideas in a fun way. I recently attended Ladies Can Code, a cybersecurity and coding camp sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.  Had a blast!

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated my beautiful Puerto Rico and neighboring Caribbean islands.  There has not been a more crucial time for ideas in action! Our situation is critical. Communities have come together to help each other like family.  We are working very hard to face this challenging situation but we cannot do it alone. There is so much damage everywhere! So many people need food, water, supplies, medicines, shelter and fuel. Please donate today to your trusted organizations so they can help others here in Puerto Rico and fellow Caribbean islands. 

After Hurricane Maria, communications are difficult in Puerto Rico. As a GS Cadette, I visited five community organizations served by United Way to let them know what these institutions need most.

Bake for a cause! Here are some yummy and healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies I baked for a library bake sale. "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader!"-Margaret Fuller.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico really hard!  Went with my parents and uncle to WCKitchen to help make sandwiches and organize materials.  WCKitchen chefs and volunteers are making a difference feeding thousands around the Island.

Give supplies to kids in need for their Back to School.  You could add useful information like MyPlate tips for healthy eating.

Happy to return to Ladies Can Code as a Leader Lady! Thanks to the Polytechnic University, the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency for encouraging girls to enjoy science and technology.

Hogares Rafaela Ybarra

Make a contribution to a group that protects animals.  Rescued pets rock!  Meet my Benji.

Support girls education!

Check out my video The First Lady's Special Mission.  It was inspired by the First Lady's initiative Let Girls Learn! and the Peace Corps.

You will learn about truly great female role models.  Their stories will motivate you to make a difference in favor of 62 million girls around the world who do not receive the education they need and deserve.