Young Citizen of the Year Aslan Brown Balances Volunteering and Academics
Every year the City of Dublin recognizes active, impactful and inspirational volunteers. For 2010, Dublin High School senior Aslan Brown was nominated and awarded Young Citizen of the Year for his extensive volunteer activities in support of the City of Dublin and Dublin youth. Aslan is currently Committee Chairperson of Dublin’s Youth Advisory Committee, was responsible for the Youth Fee Assistance Program (which helps underprivileged children participate in city events) and is an active participate in numerous other events including Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, the Teen Job Fair and has worked with the Lions Club on Dublin Pride Week.
Despite all of his volunteer involvement, Aslan maintains a rigorous academic schedule and 4.27 GPA at Dublin High School where he is a member of the Track and Field team as well as President of Dublin High’s Leo Club. Aslan credits organization and time management skills as a key to balancing everything on his plate, as well as leadership skills he started acquiring during his year at Fallon Middle School and under the guidance of Dublin High teacher (and City of Dublin Mayor) Tim Sbranti. Aslan is looking forward to attending a 4-year college to pursue a career in environmental law and policy. [UPDATE June 2011: Aslan Brown was accepted into and has chosen to attend the University of California – Berkeley.]
OneDublin.org recently met with Aslan and his family to learn more about how Aslan balances high school and volunteering.
Aslan’s advice for students entering high school is simple – “be involved”, take advantage of everything Dublin High has to offer and take school seriously right from 9th grade. Aslan was named after the lion from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis. “Aslan” is also Turkish for “lion” (Aslan’s mother who is of Turkish descent). Congratulations Aslan for living up to the leadership qualities characteristic of your namesake!
The full text of Aslan’s nomination is available here.