Teen actress/author Shanaya Fastje has been named official spokesperson for Our Fields of Hope Foundation, an organization that works on behalf of children in the foster care system.
"I'm very pleased and excited about joining Our Fields of Hope Foundation on their work to help children in so many important areas of their lives," said Shanaya.
With October as National Bullying Prevention Month, Shanaya hopes to remind parents and children to take a more active role in helping prevent bullying. Her recent book "Bully in the Mirror" outlines ways families can combat bullying.
At 14 Shanaya is known for her television appearances such as "The Jeff Probst Show," "Hit Me Up!" and the popular teen Web series, "M.D. Squared." She is also the author of the bestselling, anti-bullying book "Bully in the Mirror."
"We're proud to have an outstanding positive role model with such a great heart to help children like Shanaya join us in our work of assisting children in need of care," said Bruce Wagnitz, executive director of Our Fields of Hope Foundation.
The organization helps provide many programs for children by empowering and supporting families and children who are a part of foster care and adoptive children and their new parents. It also aims to increase awareness of orphan care, adoption and the foster care system. Their mission is to "Inspire hearts to care, guide and provide influence to children's lives." The foundation works particularly close in the medical care and mental healthcare areas.
As celebrity spokesperson for Florida-based Our Fields of Hope Foundation, Shanaya will attend events, speak to the media and represent the organization to further its ongoing work of helping and supporting children and orphans who were neglected, abused or abandoned.
"Our Fields of Hope is about helping children develop life skills and explore opportunities to live a fulfilled life and I am proud to be a part of their great movement," she said.
Aside from her new spokesperson endeavor, Shanaya is already a published author with four books to her credit, including the recently published book "Bully in the Mirror," where she outlines a self-help tool/curriculum for teens, schools, teachers and parents to build self confidence/self/esteem to learn how to handle bullying in an effective and positive way.
Shanaya has been honored for her work by a number of prominent figures, including President Obama, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the cities of Burbank, Calif. and El Paso, Texas; making her one of the most honored and sought-after teen public speakers today.
Shanaya's career began at the age of 7, when she began writing the first volume of her Mystery School book series. After winning multiple national awards, Shanaya solidified her place as a professional published book author at just 14 years old.