Amanda Mason

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Miss New York 2013

On September 15, 2013, Amanda assumed the prestigious title of Miss New York 2013 following the crowning of Miss America.  She spent her year; performing and speaking all over the state of NY through her youth prevention program Middle School Movement: Reaching Youth Before Alcohol & Drugs Do.  She has been a Youth Advocate for 14 years. She is currently a National Ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a former National Youth Spokesperson for Safe America Foundation and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).  On June 4, 2015, Amanda was honored to receive one of Drug Free World Foundation's highest awards, Drug Free Ambassador

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In May 2014, Amanda teamed up with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to kick-off a Statewide Drug-Prevention Campaign.  Amanda continues focusing on Reaching Youth Before Alcohol & Drugs Do.  She has training in the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) program, where she studied substance abuse, addiction and prevention.  

Amanda also appeared for on-air interviews with: PBS Graduate Day (NYC), The Today Show (NBC NYC), Brooklyn News 12, NewsChannel 9 (Syracuse), NY1 and News 13 (Albany). 

"Whenever a highly-visible young leader like Amanda Mason takes on substance abuse prevention as a cause -- that is a tremendous benefit to all our work. We applaud her for helping to educate youth and parents about the dangers of drug use, and know our member coalitions throughout the Empire State join us in this sentiment,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, Chairman and CEO, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). 

“Miss New York Amanda Mason’s positive and uplifting message for middle school students will help CANYS continue its work advocating about problems related to alcohol and drug misuse,” said Julie Dostal, Ph.D, CPP, president of the Council on Addictions of New York State (CANYS).

..two of the boys that volunteered to go on stage with Amanda are both on the autism spectrum. For them to go on stage was remarkable. That in itself told me how well received the program was. Amanda was great in reaching out to the students. As I said yesterday, you can’t teach those skills. She has them and what a pleasure to have her here.
— Joseph, Principal at a Middle School in Queens

Press

Miss NY & OASAS Kick-Off Prevention Campaign -- On May 8, OASAS announced a new Prevention Campaign in collaboration with Miss New York 2013, Amanda Mason. The campaign, Reaching Kids before Alcohol and Drugs Do, is a comprehensive anti-drug and alcohol campaign targeting middle school students and their families.

Interview with Jim Clark (CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America) and Kiana Knolland (National B&GC Youth of the Year). Thank you to PBS 'American Graduate Day' for speaking out about our need for better Education in America. 

I was so excited to be on the TODAY show this morning with Gigi's Playhouse. Gigi's Playhouse is an amazing organization that helps children with down syndrome achieve their full potential.

December 9, 2013, BROOKLYN - Miss New York Amanda Mason visited Brooklyn Hospital Center today to cheer up sick children. The beauty queen and accomplished opera singer sang, took pictures and signed autographs during her visit. Mason told News 12 she appreciated the opportunity to lift the spirits of the children during the holiday season.
LAKE GEORGE - At the age of 24, Amanda Mason, is an old pro at talking to kids about drugs and alcohol. "I started this because I saw the effects of drugs and alcohol on my friends and I saw how everyone sort of ignored it and pushed it under the rug."
Channel 9 Crowning the New Miss New York 2013, Amanda Mason. Homecoming Event in Syracuse, NY Nov. 2013.

Community

.....It’s a story Amanda Mason told last year at a conference in Lake George that impresses me most about her. During her freshman year of high school, she said, she was at a party where her classmates started drinking alcohol, smoking pot and taking prescription drugs. She left, telling classmates on her way out they should leave, too. Few teens have enough confidence to tell a roomful of their peers they’re wrong. Few adults do, either. This is an aspiration we should present to our teenage children: Be the sort of person who can tell off your whole community and hold your head up. Dream of being strong-willed and troubling the status quo, and never let go of your dream.
— Will Doolittle, Projects Editor of The Post-Star in Upstate NY.
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