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Hi everyone! I am Michelle Mkhlian, and I attended NTLP as a camper from 2014 through 2016, and staffed for the first time at the 2017 camp. When I first became involved in NTLP, I knew it was a program that I wanted to be a part of for a very long time. After my second year attending camp, I applied and was selected to be one of two NTLP Corps Fellows. With this amazing opportunity, I was able to spread a program I first started as a sophomore at Montebello High called, “The Kindness Campaign” to six Intermediate schools in the Montebello Unified School District.The program was started to promote kindness and civility in schools, to ensure that both students, and staff felt safe, and welcome on campus. This was done through small gestures like post-it notes with uplifting messages, or assemblies to recognize outstanding staff members.
Currently, I am a second year student at UC San Diego studying Communication and ICAM (Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts). The skills and lessons I learned through NTLP have instilled in me a drive to continue serving even while pursuing higher education. I serve as a Diversity Advocate on my college’s student council, where I connect the student populace to on-campus identity-based resource centers and programs. In addition, I work as a Resident Advisor where I plan meaningful programs, connect students to various opportunities/ resources, and counsel roommate conflicts. I also proudly sing in an a capella group called, UCSD Acamazing, and am working to pursue other music-centered opportunities. As a teen, NTLP really helped me get out of my shell and become a more active leader in my school and community. They gave me the support I needed to reach my full potential, and I know my journey with NTLP is nowhere near finished. I couldn’t be more blessed to be a part of this dedicated and passionate family of leaders.