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Britany Lewis, originally from Lancaster, California, is a graduating senior at the University of California, Berkeley. She will receive her bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare. Brittany has always been passionate about working with children, and has dedicated her life to protecting their rights and well-being. Since 2012 Lewis has partnered with various pre-schools, elementary schools and the YWCA in Berkeley, CA, to ensure that every child receives quality education inside and outside of the classroom. As a volunteer in youth organizations and academia, she has witnessed the challenges that children face in their schools and communities on a daily basis. As a result of her experiences, she has developed a passion for Social Work, specifically related to child welfare issues. In addition to the services she provides her community and voluntary efforts with children; Britany has also served as a Resident Assistant, Academic Mentor, and Lead Program Coordinator for the African American Student Development Office at UC Berkeley. Brittany interned with the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® department. As a former Beat the Odds® scholar, Brittany knows the unique results that CDF programs including the CDF Freedom Schools® program yield and the strong academic achievement that this close knit community fosters. Upon the completion of her bachelor's degree, she will study the language and contemporary culture of Spain before submitting her application to attend graduate school. Lewis is a highly motivated scholar committed to bettering the community and the lives of children.