While earning her degree in Art History at the University of Georgia, Amanda volunteered at a local hospice, tutored at elementary schools, led WatchDawgs, an organization that provides safe rides for impaired drivers, and assisted with patient testing, relations, education, and outreach at AidsAthens.
Upon graduation, Amanda joined the Peace Corps, becoming one of the first group of HIV Prevention Education volunteers to serve in Ecuador. There she assisted with patient care at health clinics, founded a youth group for teenage girls focused on empowerment and education, worked with primary and secondary school teachers to effectively teach sexual health by incorporating previously neglected issues, such as women’s and LGBT rights, in the curriculum, gave countless lectures about the importance of safe sexual practices, and started sexual health clubs within several high schools. Further, Amanda collaborated with local clinics to organize a support group for patients living with HIV in the province of Santa Elena.
After Ecuador, Amanda returned home in order to assist with the family business. She is looking forward to her time at Penn Law to continue to advocate for those in need.