Activist Profile: Bianca V., Animal Advocate Extraordinaire


Bianca of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, attended YEA Camp in 2010 at the age of 14. She has accomplished so much in the past year and a half for animals, we are blown away.

Right after YEA Camp, she started a school club called Hearts for Animals. Their first year, they raised over $1000 for their local animal shelter, participated in community beach clean-ups, and more. This year is their second year, and things have really picked up! She has recruited a lot of great club members, including her co-president whom she credits as helping make the club an even bigger success.  Here are just some of the things Hearts for Animals has accomplished this school year:

  • A collection drive for items needed by the local animal shelter
  • A walk-a-thon to raise money for the shelter
  • The club hosts an “activism of the week” program, where Bianca educates members about animal-related issues and ways to take action to help them; she created a whole PowerPoint presentation on going vegetarian
  • Volunteering at the organization Cats In Need
  • Creating a campaign to help the shelter adopt out their black animals, which they have been having difficulty with
  • Starting Pennies for Paws, a fundraiser in which each class at her school donates money for the shelter
  • Engaging in a volunteer day once a month at the shelter
  • Planning and hosting, along with the school’s environmental club and an animal club at another school, a beach cleanup in Huntington Beach to pick up trash that can harm marine animals!

Bianca says it’s important for their club to be involved with their local animal shelter because they are one of the only groups helping.

According to Bianca, “I really think we our making an impact in our community! I have learned SO MUCH from this experience and even though next year will be my last year with the club, I believe that Hearts for Animals will continue to run at our school and do even bigger and better things, truly leaving a legacy. I know I’ve said this quite some times but I still want to really thank YEA. I still recount my week at camp as one of the best weeks of my life, and remember in detail what I learned and how great of an experience it was. The whole reason why I started Hearts for Animals is because you all inspired me and gave me the confidence to do so. I don’t know where I would be without having gone through that experience!”

Aww, shucks. 🙂 Thanks, Bianca!

We are so proud and impressed with Bianca’s accomplishments and commitment! Got any words of encouragement, thanks, or questions for her? Post them below.

About YEA Camp

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is a summer camp for social change. Our life-changing leadership camp trains 12-17 year-olds to make a difference on a cause they care about. Since 2009, our weeklong overnight camps have helped more than 500 teens from all over the country get active in their community or school on causes like climate change, racism, LGBTQ rights, animal rights, bullying and more. Find out more and register to join us at
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13 Responses to Activist Profile: Bianca V., Animal Advocate Extraordinaire

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  2. Davis says:

    How you started

  3. richard richman says:

    well done! powerful!

  4. jersey says:

    thank you for all you have done this really means a lot to me even at only 12 but i really think you are doing a good thing here because i am a total animal lover and would do anything for my animals and thats why im thanking you because like you i am trying to make a difference by telling people that the animals that you may think are dangerous are really not. Sure a shark could kill you but so could a bird to bee honest and most people arnt afraid of them. I am also volenteering at a place in the town i live in that takes in aquatic animals like salt water fish fresh water fish bearded dragons tree frogs red bellied frogs eels and all sorts of stuff they even had a bunny and some mice too. I only do this when im not at school so like in the summer. im really looking forward to doing this because i would really like to go to florida for collage to become a marine biologist or maybe a zoo ologist or maybe both! well again thank you for all you have done

  5. Shoe says:

    So cool that you are doing this

  6. Shara says:

    I made a group at my school for this as well

  7. Victoria says:

    That is so cool what you´re doing for animals. And i am a animal lover too:):)

  8. FA04 says:


  9. Steven says:

    Your saving animals🐶🐱

  10. shoe 2 says:

    this is great:)

  11. i am a cow says:

    that is cool

  12. quentyn fleck says:

    i am a animal lover too!

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