Kaylee Moniz, 17, is a junior at Boulder High School. She’s also concurrently enrolled at the University of Colorado, with a focus in premed and molecular biology. At 10, Moniz became the youngest female to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft). While in Tanzania she visited the Amani Children’s Home in Moshi where she was inspired to help raise funds for the organization. She wrote about her experiences in Dreamers and Doers, a book about women who’ve climb Kilimanjaro.
During the summer of 2009, she was part of a team to climb fourteen, 14,000 foot peaks, in fourteen days to help her close friend and support the search for a cure for Pulmonary Hypertension. The team exceeded their goal of $25,000 and completed the challenge in only 8 days. In 2012, she co-led with her twin brother Matt, a 2011 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, a team of teenagers to Everest Base Camp, to raise money and visibility for the American Himalayan Foundation’s Stop Girl Trafficking (SGT) program. The group raised over $15,000 for SGT, which helped over one hundred young girls avoid the horrors of trafficking.
This year, Moniz is again working with the American Himalayan Foundations Stop Girl Trafficking program, with a goal of increasing awareness and funding, to help put an end to the tragic practice in Nepal. She hopes to return to Nepal soon to work as a volunteer at the SGT schools.