As LEAD Girls of NC’s very first High School Ambassador, Ariyanna’ Burton has an impressive resume for being only a junior at North Forsyth High School. After becoming involved in LEAD (Learning Everyday Accomplishing Dreams) in the sixth grade, she has gained confidence, sharpened her social skills, and strengthened her leadership capabilities, which prepared her to become an Ambassador. LEAD is an organization designed to prepare low-income and/or at-risk preteen girls in the community, and successfully inspires these young women to become strong, stable, and successful women in society and create role models like Ariyanna’.
Ariyanna’s favorite duty as a High School Ambassador is being able to help young girls through troubling pre-teen years, make them feel comfortable, and assist in making the community a little bit better through acts of kindness. As an ambassador, Ariyanna’ assists with LEAD’s Saturday sessions for one to two hours by helping the trained facilitators and volunteers. Knowing that her role as a High School Ambassador provides young girls with someone to look up to motivates Ariyanna’ and provides her with a sense of purpose.
Outside of LEAD, Ariyanna’ has been involved with the Crosby Scholars Program since the sixth grade. The goal of the Crosby Scholars Program is to prepare middle school and high school students for success in college by providing them with college campus visits, ACT, PSAT, and Pre-ACT preparation, career exploration, and financial literacy. As a Crosby Scholar, Ariyanna’ is responsible for maintaining a good GPA, completing hours of community service, and staying out of trouble – all of which have been a breeze for her.
In addition to LEAD and Crosby Scholars, Ariyanna’ also volunteers at her father’s daycare when she is not at school or working at Clutch Coffee Bar. In fact, her part-time job at Clutch happens to be one of her favorite places to hang out. The camaraderie she has found among her co-workers at Clutch makes her happy to show up to work each shift. Ariyanna’ thrives in a customer service environment, and especially enjoys using the blender to make frozen coffee drinks, smoothies, and milkshakes for customers.
In 2022, Ariyanna’ participated in United Way Women United and was awarded the Outstanding Youth Award. After high school, she plans to attend Forsyth Technical Community College’s nursing program before transferring to a university. Although her plans may change, she currently has her sights set on becoming a flight or travel nurse after college.
When asked about her favorite local restaurant, Ariyanna’ did not hesitate to name her own workplace, Clutch Coffee Bar. She recommends Clutch’s White Russian coffee beverage, which is a blend of coffee, white chocolate, and Irish cream. As for her dream vacation, Ariyanna’ aspires to visit the United Kingdom one day to take in the atmosphere, see famous historical landmarks, and taste local cuisine.
Interested in becoming involved with LEAD Girls of NC? Visit www.leadgirls.org to learn how to contribute.