KENILWORTH, NJ - Inspiring Teens is a magazine that focuses on students who are leaders and making a difference in their communities. Every year there is a competition for one teenager to compete to be on the front cover and receive a scholarship. Teens from all across the country are nominated, and this includes Kenilworth resident Kristina Camacho. “I was nominated for this competition for my non-profit organization called The Youth Mindset, my volunteering, and being a student-athlete throughout the school year” she said. 

Camacho received an email saying she was nominated and filled out a questionnaire and sent in two photos. Her cousin Catia Conde, a 2014 David Brearley High School graduate was her photographer. "It was a surprise to me, and I am grateful for this opportunity.” Camacho has two brothers, one of which is on the spectrum. “Ever since he was born I had a passion to help people in need like him and their families. I’ve always been one to take charge if I notice something isn’t right in a situation which is why I was also nominated and went to a leadership camp in Washington, D.C. called Junior National Young Leaders Conference with Envision going into my eighth-grade year.” The camp taught the students how to take charge, be a leader, and do what is right. “This is what prompted me and a couple of my classmates to create the non-profit organization, The Youth Mindset. We help high school students struggling with stress, anxiety, or any mental illness to de-stress and relax. I have also been in the student council since the fourth grade which was another reason I was nominated for my leadership."

Not only does Camacho work hard at her non-profit, but she also plays softball, basketball, is a cheerleader, and in the band at David Brearley High School. She attends the Academy for Allied Health Sciences at Union County Vocational Technical Schools in Scotch Plains. Her future goal is “to be someone who will make a difference in my community and even in people’s lives.” Camacho plans on going to college for an occupation in the medical field but is not sure just exactly for what yet.

To vote for Camacho please see this link https://bit.ly/2PIGEQb.