Donor Spotlight: Madalyn S.


We are always excited to learn more about our supporters, and especially what motivates them to do good in our community. In this post, we are honored to talk with Madalyn S, one of our most dedicated (and youngest!) supporters. She has shown enormous heart and community-building skills, which inspired us to share her story. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Maddy and I’m 12 years old and live in Los Angeles, California. I’m a student in the 7th grade and  I’ve been dancing since I was two years old. Also, my family and I have been die hard UCLA Bruins for decades.

What attracted you to the cause of student homelessness?

When my mom first found out about homeless students, she researched some information about it and told me as soon as possible. When she told me about the students, I couldn’t believe that UCLA students were homeless so I wanted to do something about it to help.

What attracted you to our shelter, in particular?

I was attracted to this shelter because I love UCLA and love helping the homeless.

What was your most meaningful memory from your education?

I’m still in school but so far my most meaningful memory is getting to know Mr. Dan Basmagian who helps me improve habits and study better.

Tell us about an accomplishment that sparked a moment of personal growth.

Right before the summer of 2017 I had my Bat Mitzvah. In the Jewish religion when a boy or girl turns 12 or 13 they are called to the Torah to become a Jewish man or woman, this is called a Bat Mitzvah. It’s very hard work because you have to spend years of learning Hebrew and preparing for the event. It’s a very important accomplishment because you worked so hard to learn Hebrew, learn all your prayers, and your Torah portion.

What motivates you to stay involved?

Helping homeless people because I want to help them get off the streets and know they are safe under a roof.

 Why do you think student homelessness should be a priority for the Los Angeles community?

No student should be homeless. I want everyone to help homeless students so they can focus on their school work and be successful in life. Student homelessness can be so stressful because you have no space to work and study.

Thank you Maddy for being a powerful, young civic innovator!

Michelle Ross