Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny captured the nation’s attention when she became an advocate for clean drinking water in Flint, Michigan at the start of the water crisis in 2014. In 1916, when she was eight, she wrote a letter to President Barack Obama bringing international attention to lead-tainted drinking water in her hometown.
Her time as an activist includes raising over $600,000 to produce and distribute water filters to lower the dependency on single-use bottled water. She raised another $600,000 for her Flint Kids projects which distributes over 17,000 backpacks filled with school supplies.
Among her other accomplishments, Mari is dedicated to preventing bullying and works with the anti-bullying group Trendsetters Productions.