Up until 13 years old, Mona Dixon and her family were in a constant state of change, living on the streets and moving from one homeless shelter to another. Because of this, Mona knew that college was not an option for her. She believes in turning setbacks in life into motivators to succeed and uses her story to inspire others.
In May 2010, Mona graduated third in her class at Tempe High School. She then recently graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management, from Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business. She is now working on her graduate degree in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in advocacy.
Outside of school, she was named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) 64th National Youth of the Year, where she represented over 4 million youth all over the world. Since then, she has accomplished many things including traveling all over the world, meeting with countless celebrities, and being featured in the media. Her most recent accomplishment was being nominated by our very own President Barack Obama to be the youth board member for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
- 2015 Presidential Appointment to Corporation for National and Community Service
- 2014 Compassion, Courage, and Advocacy Award
- 2013 Glamour Girl's Top 10 College Women Reader's Choice Award Nominee
- 2010-11 National Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- 2011 Top 28 Most Influential African American Women in America
- 2010 Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award