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Reptile Youth Alliance selected to participate in NASCAR Foundation's 75-hour Givathon

Eustis, FL - Reptile Youth Alliance (RYA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation and welfare of reptiles and inspiring a love for science in kids, has been chosen to participate in the NASCAR Foundation's 75-hour Givathon. RYA is one of the organizations selected to be featured during the event, which will take place from May 16th to May 19th.

The NASCAR Foundation's Givathon is an annual event that brings together non-profit organizations from across the country to raise funds and awareness for their causes. This year's event will feature 75 organizations, each of which will have the opportunity to share their mission and impact with a national audience.

RYA is thrilled to be selected as one of the organizations to participate in this year's givathon. "We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase our students' hard work and share their passion for reptile and amphibian conservation with a wider audience," said Savannah Ray, of RYA. "This event is a great way for us to raise funds and awareness for our cause, and we are grateful to the NASCAR Foundation for their support." RYA aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and conservationists by using reptiles to engage and inspire kids to ​pursue careers in STEM fields and will be hosting a National Research Conference this summer where students will be presenting their research in the field of herpetology. 

Reptile Youth Alliance Becomes Funded Community Partner with United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties.

[Eustis, FL] - The Reptile Youth Alliance, a leading organization dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and youth development, is proud to announce that it has become a funded community partner with the United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties, UWLS.

The grant, provided by UWLS, will allow the Reptile Youth Alliance to expand its educational programming and community outreach efforts, promoting environmental awareness and youth development in STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) education. STEM education helps develop critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills that are useful in all areas of life, providing a solid foundation for further studies in fields such as medicine, law, and business and equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a rapidly evolving job market.

"We are thrilled to have the support of the United Way and to become a funded community partner," said Savannah of the Reptile Youth Alliance. "This grant will allow us to extend our reach and continue our efforts to educate and engage our community on the gravity of environmental and reptile conservation. We realize the importance of having our community participate in our mission and we want to inspire our youth to be an active part of their community as well."

Family dynamics, including poverty, domestic violence, or lack of support from parents or caregivers, can contribute to low self-esteem and confidence in children. In a study conducted by the Reptile Youth Alliance, 86% of reptile enthusiasts faced profound challenges and adversity as children and/or teenagers. Among the most common circumstances were economic hardship, learning or developmental disabilities, stress and dysfunction within the home such as abuse or neglect, bullying/harassment, and social isolation or a lack of supportive relationships. The study suggests a possible correlation between socioeconomic factors/other negative experiences and the kids that take interest in reptiles. This may be because reptiles also face difficult challenges due to social barriers, resulting in less public support for research and funding. 79% of those surveyed said that an interest in reptiles improved their ability to navigate their adverse situation. Giving youth the opportunity to have a positive impact on their community and to bring attention to issues that matter to them, can boost their confidence and help to improve their academic performance. Thus, the Reptile Youth Alliance aims to promote social cohesion and foster a sense of community and belonging.

Through community outreach, educational programming, and wildlife conservation efforts, the organization is committed to making a positive impact on the environment and the communities it serves. For more information about the Reptile Youth Alliance and its initiatives, visit

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