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Melanie Firestone

Melanie Firestone, from Somers, New York, is a rising junior at the University of Rochester, where she is pursuing a major in psychology and minors in dance and in brain and cognitive sciences. In middle and high school, she served as an assistant teacher at a local dance studio. This experience inspired her to seek out opportunities to advocate for children’s rights, which led her to CDF. After she completes her bachelor’s degree, Melanie hopes to get her master’s degree in education and eventually enter the education system as a teacher and advocate. Currently, Melanie is a Youth Leadership and Development intern in CDF’s National Office in Washington, D.C.