Founding an International NGO in 2018 at the age of 5, Paisley Elliott is determined to change the world. Paisley’s Pals is a love-based organization that is working to build a community of changemakers, a squad of encouragers, and a crew of includers. With bold creativity, radical empathy and a desire to create a more inclusive world, Paisley is focused on raising global awareness and access to quality education. Having already touched the lives of thousands of children across the globe, she believes that kids have the power to change the world, and that building a more peaceful and sustainable planet requires every child to take direct, tangible action in their own backyards.
After learning about the plight of refugee children while in pre-school, Paisley’s brave generosity and love driven giving provided over 500 lovies (a 4 year old’s most prized possession) to Syrian refugee children, and hand delivered over 500 lbs. of first aid supplies and hundreds of “blessing bags” to refugee children in Central America. Paisley has found soul quenching satisfaction in using her voice to highlight the need for quality education for all. During the summer of 2019, Paisley raised over $20,000 to help transform an education center for refugee children on the island of Lesvos, Greece. Paisley envisions a world where ALL children have equal say in their future, and by using voice and choice while practicing empathy and compassion, we can cultivate not just an understanding of the world, but also an urge to respond constructively to our shared global challenges. Incredibly, in 2018 Paisley was nominated for the Nansen Refugee Award handed out by the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency).
When Paisley is not busy building schools, collecting books or packing blessing bags, she loves surfing, playing with her baby brother Hayes, learning about geography and traveling around the world. Peru is the #1 place on her Bucket List, and she hopes to become an architect or an engineer one day and maybe even win a Nobel Peace Prize.