Zaniya Lewis

Freelance Blogger and Freelance Writer

Location icon United States of America

Zaniya Lewis is a sophomore at The George Washington University majoring in Political Science. She has won five national contests. She is a writer, blogger, activist, and speaker. She is an official blogger for Girls and Letters We Write Project. She has been featured in Seventeen, 6abc Action News, Fox 29 Good Day, NBC10 News, Sports Illustrated Kids, Courier-Post, CBS News Dear President Trump Campaign, Fox 5 and more.

In the summer of 2015, Zaniya was chosen 1 out of 3 student-athletes in the United States to travel with the NBPA and NBA on an amazing community service trip to South Africa. In 2016, Zaniya was a co-winner of Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Seventeen Better Make Room National Contest. She interviewed Mrs.Obama and appeared on the cover of the May 2016 issue of Seventeen. In 2016, Zaniya won the MTV and CoverGirl Prom #covermoment Contest. In 2017, Zaniya also won two 1,000 Dreams Fund contests.

Zaniya served on the New Jersey National Guard Teen Panel for six years, where she helped to create programs, camps, and trips for military kids. She interned in the Office of Assemblyman Troy Singleton where she was able to help develop legislation to further this cause. She helped develop A3601, which aims to require the Department of Education to create military-connected student identifier for inclusion in student-level databases. The bill was passed in June of 2015.

Additionally, she served on the Ronald McDonald House Teen Advisory Council for two years, helping raise funds and volunteering to support the families of sick children. With the help of her friends at high school, Zaniya co-founded The Kindness Project, a community service club that organizes and manages school-wide service activities at her high school.

She served as a Day of the Girl Action Team member from 2015-2017. She is currently on the Student Advisory Board for the 1,000 Dreams Fund.

Zaniya is the Founder and Executive Director of the #YesSheCanCampaign which is a youth-led national movement non-profit that inspires, empowers and shares the stories of women who are overcoming adversity while striving to complete high school and college.

Her writing has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Day of the Girl-US, Kindraising, Clover Letter, Her Campus and more. In June 2015, she received President Obama Volunteer Award (Gold). In June 2016, she received the New Jersey Civilian Meritorious Service Medal in honor of the community service she has done in New Jersey. Zaniya is involved in different clubs and volunteer opportunities at her school and in her community. Zaniya mission is to inspire others to keep climbing despite the obstacles they may face. Her mission in life is not only to change the world but to bring others to follow her in her mission.

Portfolio
Medium
09/27/2016
The Climb

Though there are walls standing in the way of so much in life, the climb is what I focus on. How do you climb? You have to want to climb, so you need motivation and passion. Then you need a tool to...

SI Kids
08/24/2015
NBPA in South Africa Part 1

In addition to the tours, we witnessed campers, who were involved with the NBPA service projects, improve their game with help from NBA coaches and players. Near the end of the week, 20 campers were put on teams and competed against each other. The game was exciting dunk after dunk.

Her Campus
02/25/2017
Chance the Rapper: It's All About Having Heart

The 59th Grammy Awards was a night to remember. As we know music is a way for people to express themselves. The performances at the Grammy's tackled issues involving the recent election, this was time for artists to stand up for what they believed in.

Her Campus
11/21/2016
Peace In

The 2016 presidental election has been one of the most controversial elections in the history of the United States of America. On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. He used his campaign to discriminate against people of color, the LGBTQ+ community,immigrants, people of different faiths, people of disabilities, and women.

Niya Inspire Others and Day of the Girl-US
12/15/2015
Women's Under-Representation in Politics

and how it negatively impacts girls' political ambitions. Background Women have been unrepresented in different sectors of our society. Unfortunately, even more women are underrepresented in elected and appointed positions. Our country has praised men for their accomplishments by mentioning them in history books, giving them their own holiday and electing them for President.

Niya Inspire Others
08/05/2016
Black Girl Magic Series: Part 1

Black Girl Magic is not just a Hashtag, it's a MOVEMENT! "The most disrespected person in America is the Black Woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black Woman, the most neglected person in America is the Black Woman."...

Girls and the Letters We Write Project
02/16/2017
College-Bound-Advice-from-A-College-Freshman

Girls organization that caters to young girls ages 13-18. Community Service, Girl Empowerment, College Prep, Health & Wellness, and Reading Literacy

Girls and the Letters We Write Project
Still We Rise

Girls organization that caters to young girls ages 13-18. Community Service, Girl Empowerment, College Prep, Health & Wellness, and Reading Literacy