Tamia Thompson has lived in Little Elm for 11 years. The 14-year-old is a sophomore at Little Elm High School. She attended Lakeside Montessori from 11 months until school age. She skipped kindergarten and entered Little Elm ISD in first grade at Chavez Elementary. She recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Tell us about your family.
I’m the oldest child. I have a younger sister, Aaliyah, who is four years old (she’s currently enrolled in Pre-K at Cesar Chavez Elementary). When I was 10 my mother let me know that they (my parents) had never tried not to have another kid, but that it just hadn’t worked out. I prayed to God and asked for a baby sister for Christmas. My sister was born Dec. 20 of that same
What does earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award mean to you?
It means a lot to me because it not only is an acknowledgement of all the community service I’ve participated in, but it also opens doors for me as far as scholarships for college. I earned many of the hours because of my work that same year earning the Silver Award for Girl Scouts. My project was developing a teen to teen peer mentoring program. I noticed a lot of kids, including myself, have a hard time transitioning from elementary to middle school, and just not being accepted for who you are as an individual. I wrote about my experience in an essay “Freedom” that earned a local award and my middle school principal posted the essay in the main office. The teens who signed up for the mentoring still meet as a group and now we are working very hard in what is called the Zero Debt College Project. The volunteer hours are certified by the project.
Where does your philanthropic spirit come from?
I’ve always been outspoken about things. When I was three years old our teacher had us put our heads down on our desks. After a few minutes, I spoke up and said “you can’t take our voices from us.” Later when I was learning karate, someone called me a princess and I declared myself “the rose that fights.” I like to use my voice to speak out and wrote a book of poems and essays expressing my thoughts about things I’ve gone through that I think can help other teens. I’ve always just enjoyed helping people. Knowing that something I’ve done has made someone else’s life easier, whether I have a personal relationship or not, makes me happy. I learned that readers of my book could identify with being bullied for the color of their skin and felt empowered from reading the essay “Freedom,” which earned a local award and Editor’s choice recognition from TeenInk magazine.
How long have you been volunteering?
I am 14 now and I’ve been in Girl Scouts since first grade and started community service through Girl Scouting, so since age 5. The teen to teen mentoring project has been going on since my eighth grade year.
Do you volunteer in other ways?
Yes. I am in two programs sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. One the ASCEND Program is hosted by the Omega Alpha Omega chapter in Frisco. The other is the Cachet Youth Group sponsored by Omicron Mu Omega chapter in Dallas. I am active with Divine Daughters through my church, Friendship Baptist Church in The Colony. There are speaking engagements that I have been doing to share about my book “Thirteen” to encourage young
writers and discuss things about learning to accept differences in others instead of bullying.
Why do you volunteer with the Zero Debt College Project?
Last year, my Girl Scout’s Silver Award project was actually the creation of the Teen to Teen mentoring program, which led to the Zero Debt College Project. I’ve continued organizing meetings, community service projects and “scholarship search parties” since the creation of the organization, and it has made a huge impact on my outlook on college, future career avenues and
the pursuit of higher education as a whole.
Do you know where you want to attend college and what you want to study?
I want to attend either Howard or Fisk University. I plan on studying either political science or photojournalism. Mainly I want to find some way to continue impacting the community and raising awareness about embracing others instead of marginalizing people who are different.
What are some of your hobbies?
Writing is a major hobby. I write short stories and poetry for fun. My parents encouraged me to start submitting my work to different competitions and when I started winning we decided to compile my work into my book “Thirteen,” which I self-published this May. Reading, is a close tie with writing. I usually have about five books I am reading at the same time. I have music with me everywhere I go, I like all genres. Of course, there’s always time for playing around with makeup!
What is at the top of your Christmas wish list?
J. Cole’s Born Sinner album on vinyl, it’s one of my favorite albums of all time. I love the experience of listening to vinyl records, and I have a record player at home. I have five vinyl albums on my Christmas list.
If you could sit in with a band and play with them, which would you choose?
Fifth Harmony, because although I don’t really listen to their music, I feel like it’d be a lot of fun. I feel in sync with the energy in their personalities.
If you could live in any sitcom, which one would it be?
Probably “Martin” because there’s never a dull moment on the show.
What is your favorite book and how many times have you read it?
“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. I’ve read it at least four or five times now, I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of it. I have his books on my Christmas list, I have “No Longer At Ease,” “Arrow of God,” “Hopes and Impediments and Great Ideas V an Image of Africa: The Trouble with Nigeria.”
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
Probably Dubai because I enjoy experiencing other cultures, especially those that are completely unfamiliar to me
What do you hope to be remembered for?
I hope to be remembered for making an impact on the world in the way of civil rights, especially in education and empowering minority groups, as well as for making people’s lives easier and more enjoyable overall.
What is your preferred social media platform?
Snapchat and Twitter for sure.
What accomplishment brings you the most pride?
Self-publishing my book, “Thirteen.”
What superpower would you want and how would you use it to help people?
Telepathy. I could use it to change people’s minds, thus changing the world itself.
What person in your life do you most admire?
My mother, because she always finds a way to make things work out for me and my sister in the long run.
What is one thing many people do not know about you?
I actually skipped kindergarten and started first grade at 5 years old.
What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?
My cell phone for sure, I depend on it for so much.
Where did you live before moving to Little Elm?
We lived in Carrollton before moving to Little Elm when I was 4 years old. When our house was being built, I thought it was only my house, just for me. I didn’t want even my parents to have it.