You may remember her as one of the class members on television show, "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?", but 12-year-old Alana is more than a smart cookie, she is a philanthropist, too.
"I feel that it's important to start a mentor program to help other kids achieve their dreams and set positive goals in life. I want to help as many kids as I can, especially, the ones from families who do not have transportation or have the money to participate in after school activities whether it's sports, music classes, dance classes, acting, being a Boy or Girl Scout, or go to the neighborhood park. My goal is to reach out to my fellow youth to create programs to that will help them keep their focus on education, eating healthy and getting exercise! I believe acquiring self-esteem and self-confidence, comes from having a support system which will help you be successful in life! When a person feels good about themselves, they will believe they can reach beyond the stars and can do anything, yet, it's so important to be healthy, too. Eating a balanced diet and exercising nourishes your brain which helps your body to function and be the best it can be both mentally and physically"~Alana on her charity Alana's Achievers
In addition to her philanthropic work, Alan has done several commercials(she has been featured in 3 Walmart Christmas National TV spots); she has completed shooting two movies: The Silencer & The Sky and A Simple Promise (now on DVD) and two short Films: The Kid Pound and Until The Music Stops.
Photo by Robert Dahey