Elie Wiesel once said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it is indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it is indifference. Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.”
Minnah Stein, who is a rising senior at Pine View, has been named one of the 2017 recipients of the prestigious Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. She was nominated and ultimately won the award based on her years of work giving back to her community. Through the EMPOWERU organization she founded, she has developed a countywide sexual assault education program for high school students. She has logged hundreds of volunteer hours at local nonprofits like Girls Inc., and she uses her love of sewing to make bracelets for girls rescued from human trafficking. She also serves on the advisory board of the national nonprofit Stop Sexual Assault in Schools.
The Anne Frank Humanitarian Award was established in 2001 to focus attention on the goodness of young adults. It honors outstanding humanitarian efforts by high school juniors in public and private schools in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.
Principals and guidance counselors recommend students for this prestigious award who have made a conscious decision to better the lives of other individuals or groups both inside and outside of school activities.
These students are recognized both at their schools as well as at the Museum. Legislators, educators, family, and friends were invited to join the Museum in honoring these students at the receptions in May. The Florida Holocaust Museum’s award has the endorsement of the Anne Frank House in New York.