Abigail-Leigh Collazo

Director of Advancement for Youth Action International

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    Ms. Collazo joined the Youth Action International team in February 2006 as the Director of Advancement. In this role, she assists with developing international campaigns and projects, writing grant applications, and designing chapter materials.

    Ms. Collazo began her work against child exploitation at the age of 13 when she founded a local chapter of the international youth organization, Free the Children in her hometown of Scarsdale, NY. Her chapter put together over 100 school and health kits, raised the funds to build two primary schools in Haiti and Nicaragua, and has held an annual fund raising dinner for ten years raising over $35,500. She served as a motivational speaker with Free the Children for six years speaking to thousands of students nationwide about youth empowerment, child labor, forced prostitution, children and armed conflict, and grassroots organizing and advocacy. Over the course of 8 years, Ms. Collazo represented the organization at numerous international conferences including the State of the World Forum in 2000 and the United Nations Youth Assembly in 2005.

    In March 2006, Ms. Collazo served as one of the Primary Coordinators for the YAI Partnership for Children Lincoln Center fund raising dinner. In December 2006, Ms. Collazo joined YAI’s Founder and Executive Director, Kimmie Weeks, on a humanitarian assessment mission in Africa bringing peace initiatives to children affected by war in four post conflict nations. Ms. Collazo is a coxswain for the Thompson Boat Club Masters Women’s Crew Team and works full time in Washington, D.C. for an organization sponsoring public policy seminars for business executives.

    Ms. Collazo received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in 2006 and recently moved to Silver Spring, MD with two roommates and a fish, all of whom were alive this morning.