René, a junior at in Greenwich, CT, is the president of her Roots & Shoots club with over 60 members. René organizes the largest food drives in her community, annually hand-makes hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly, and raises money and awareness for endangered species and the protection of their habitats. René is especially passionate about food insecurity and is creating an organic community garden to increase access to fresh and nutritious produce in her area. René is also a member of the Abilis Youth board which supports members of her community with developmental disabilities. René has received her town’s Community Service Award twice, is a black belt in Taekwondo, plays the bassoon, and is an ANNpower Vital Voices Fellow. René is excited to begin her third year on the NYLC.