Ashle Page, a fourth year student at North Carolina State University, is a high impact leader, both on and off campus. Her leadership often merges her interests in public policy and science. She serves as a mentor to elementary and middle school students for NASA GIRLS and BOYS, an organization connected with NC State and NASA. She has also served for four years as an ambassador for the Institute for Emerging Issues, a non-partisan public policy organization which engages the North Carolina community in issues important to the state. Her role inspired her to initiate an educational program for school-age children that combines the use of technology with civic engagement. For four years, Ashle has also provided leadership for Service Raleigh, a campus-wide day of service connecting over 2,000 volunteers with almost 100 non-profit partners in the local community.
Serving as an Ambassador for the Institute for Emerging Issues, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the IEI Commons, a technology-driven,interactive space designed to bridge the gap between citizens and policymakers, fusing my interests in public policy and science. The space inspired me to initiate an educational program for school-age students that combines the use of technology with civic engagement. The program consists of an on-site and online program that can be accessed by teachers anywhere. For example, kids can view the average amount of CO2 emitted in their county annually and compare it to other counties and the U.S. The students can then correlate
the information with other data sets, enter their own ideas for solutions into the IEI database to receive feedback from others worldwide, and ultimately implement their ideas in their communities. Through four internships with NASA, I also have had the opportunity to volunteer with STEM outreach programs at local library and school programs, visit Congressional members in
Washington, D.C., to share a studentʼs perspective of the importance of STEM programs, and serve as a mentor through the NASA GIRLS Program that encourages elementary and middle school girls to pursue their interests in STEM.