Shannon McNicholas of Mission Viejo, California is passionate about helping teens affected by domestic violence. At Mission Viejo High School, McNicholas started the Not Just Another Bad Day Club. The club raises awareness about teen dating violence. Members meet monthly and organize events in the community that educate others about teen dating violence.
In addition, McNicholas volunteers as a childcare worker at a domestic violence shelter to assist families dealing with abuse. She has secured more than $2,500 worth of donations for the shelter and helped over 15 families in the shelter’s childcare department.
McNicholas’s primary goal is to make a difference. She feels that by educating teens about domestic violence, it may help them avoid a domestic violence shelter altogether.