© 2019 by Avalon Jade Theisen

Action Advocate

About Avalon Jade

Miss University of South Florida and her Sunshine Princesses Isla and Olivia created and donated an Endangered Species Day board to Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center; Camp Bayou supported Avalon Jade's service efforts since she was a young child.
Focus Areas

 

Florida Frogs

Her most popular presentation that helps people see how when we help frogs, we help the environment

Peacemaking

Created and teaches

"Peacemakers: Taking Action for Positive Change"

 

EAT: Eat Aware Today

Created and distributes educational materials

Conserve It Forward:

Small Acts, Big Change

Founded a non-profit organization that focuses on the environment and kindness; continues to create and execute multiple projects as she has done over the years

Research

  • Environmental Food Systems

  • Avatar and Environmentalism

  • Religions, Environmentalism, and Food Ethics

  • Ecological Benefits of Vegetarianism

  • Religious Environmentalism

Academic Background

University of South Florida

Graduating December 2020

B.A. Religious Studies, minor in Environmental Policy, certificate in Food Studies

- Maintained a lifetime cumulative 4.0 GPA

- USF Honors College & Provost's Scholar

- Miss University of South Florida

- VP of Programming, Sigma Kappa Sorority

- President of Religious Studies Club

 
An action advocate for 10 years, Avalon Jade empowers people of all ages to Conserve It Forward through Small Acts that create Big Change for our planet and ourselves.

 

Passionate about the environment from a peacemaking perspective, she leads a service lifestyle as a global speaker, collaborator, and founder of a non-profit organization. An 18-year-old senior at the University of South Florida preparing for graduate school, her academics are guided by her unique history, religious pluralism, and how better understanding of foundational beliefs improves our interconnection and collaboration for solving local and global challenges, such as environmental and food ethics.

 

A passionate changemaker who has dedicated her life to the service of people, animals, and planet, Avalon Jade was 7 years old when she first realized she could make positive, effective change. Her efforts resulted in the creation of a non-profit organization. Encouraging the use of kindness and compassion to confront global issues, she has traveled the world to share her message and work alongside others.

 

A member of the USF Honors College and Provost Scholars Program, Avalon Jade is pursuing a Religious Studies major, Environmental Policy minor, and Food Studies certificate. Her roles include being Miss University of South Florida, VP of Programming for Sigma Kappa, President of the Religious Studies Club, and an active member of 2 service-based organizations. Post-graduation plans include completing M.A. and Ph.D. programs that will best equip her for serving her community and inspiring the next generation of peacemakers. Her collegiate experience reflects the journey of service and academics she has been on since childhood.

 

To maintain balance and focus, Avalon practices mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. She is the current USA Yoga National Youth Champion and in December 2018, won the title of World Champion of Yoga Sports when she competed in Beijing, China.

"If we did a better job of managing our resources sustainably, conflicts over them would be reduced. So, protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace." - Wangari Maathai