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Alumna Nia Sioux Receives '30 Under 30 Changemakers' Award

Jun 10, 2021

Nia SiouxMidland, PA – PA Cyber alumna Nia Sioux, 19, recently earned a “30 Under 30 Changemakers” award from The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance). She uses her immense social media platform to encourage other young people to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams. Sioux is a dancer, actress, author, activist, and podcast host, initially known for her role as an original cast member of Lifetime’s hit show Dance Moms.

“It makes me really happy that people see what I’m doing as actual change,” says Sioux. “People may not realize the impact that being positive on social media makes because there’s so much negativity on there. I’m so proud of the other people who received awards as well because they’re all amazing people.”

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first charter school law, the National Alliance recognized 30 young leaders who are using their ideas, talents, and platforms to advance educational and economic opportunity and promote equality and social justice. The “30 Under 30 Changemakers” are students, activists, educators, and school leaders from across the country who are having a meaningful impact in their community.

On her Instagram page with 5.6 million followers, Sioux inspires and educates her audience and spreads positivity. In 2020, she published her first children’s book Today I Dance, detailing her journey into the arts as a Black dancer and inspiring millions of children of diverse backgrounds to pursue their love of dance. Most recently, she launched a Spotify podcast with her friend, Adulting with Teala and Nia, where they talk about self-discovery and transitioning into adulthood. Sioux was also a series regular on the CBS Daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful from 2018 to 2019.

She recently finished her freshman year at UCLA where she studies American literature and culture. She is passionate about advocacy and is proud of her work as a youth ambassador for When We All Vote, as reflected by her efforts in engaging first-time voters to register and vote in the 2020 election.

Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance, says, “We are proud to honor and lift up changemakers like Nia Sioux, who is one example of students and leaders who have demonstrated the strength and promise of the charter school movement over the last 30 years.”

The National Alliance held a virtual awards ceremony on May 12. The event coincided with National Charter Schools Week, which celebrates 3.3 million students and 219,000 teachers at nearly 7,500 public charter schools across the nation.

Click here to learn more about the 30 Under 30 Changemakers.

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.