Emily Brockenbrough is a 14 year old with a mature outlook on life. The majority of her free time is spent thinking of others. What is most impressive is that her volunteerism is an expectation she holds herself accountable for. No one has to remind Emily of the less fortunate.
Emily is the Director of Volunteers at the St. James the Less Free Medical and Dental Clinic. Emily is in charge of helping her mother check in patients and schedule appointments. She is also responsible for filing and keeping track of the hours each volunteer spends at the Clinic. This task alone is a job for a young professional, and as a freshman in high school, Emily handles it like a pro.
While at the clinic, Emily sees many Americans who are unemployed with large families, and no insurance. “I think the clinic really helps people. Working there puts your life in perspective when you overhear conversations about people living in motels with large families,” explained Emily humbly.
Emily also assists with taking the clinic down and putting it back up again, as the space they utilize is actually a Sunday school classroom.
When she is not assisting others or attending school, Emily enjoys expressing herself through art. Emily has been taking art classes at Pine Camp since she was six years old, every Saturday for two hours. With aspirations to become an interior architect, Emily has volunteered to supply art work for the VCU Health System Pediatric Unit, the Kanawha Pump House, and also help paint and install window panels for the abandoned buildings at Byrd Park.
In addition to her passion for art, Emily also enjoys cooking, and watching the Food Network. Emily cooks with her mother every Sunday night.
Emily's self-expression through art and her creativity is represented in every task she takes on. She has the keen eye and insight to approach every challenge with a fresh perspective, making her a young woman with the ability to make monumental and positive changes in the lives of many.
Super Hero Name: Miss. Theresa, after her role model, Mother Theresa. “She's a good role model because she's so giving and so selfless,” Emily said.
Powers: “To stop time and help people. Sometimes I see people and I really want to help them, I just don't have the time or resources,” Emily said.