“I think it’s important to be involved in one’s community in whatever capacity you’re able. I strive to be a role model for others and encourage them to use whatever resources and passions they have to help give back, too,” says Tess Fouchi, a senior at Louise S. McGehee School.

Michelle Macicek inspired Fouchi to become an activist. She created the first Raise Your Voice concert when Fouchi was 12. That concert had 10 young performers and they raised $2,500 for Covenant House.

“Ever since I performed in that concert, I knew I wanted – and needed – to keep the momentum of the show going to help as many more local charities as I could,” says Fouchi.

That first iteration of Raise Your Voice inspired Fouchi to create her own concert four years later.

“I saw the enormous potential in the project, and I knew I could grow it into something even bigger,” says Fouchi.

Fouchi was able to direct, choreograph and produce two benefit concerts also named Raise Your Voice.

The first performance raised $6,000 for the Henry Aucoin Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance and support to families needing pediatric cardiovascular surgeries.

The second performance raised $12,000 for Angel’s Place, a charity dedicated to providing families with children facing a life-threatening disease with support services.

The second performance was during November 2020, and even with all of the COVID-19 restrictions she was able to pull together a successful performance. Angel’s Place used the money to fund a new Critical Care ICU and waiting room at Children’s Hospital.

Fouchi says, “These endeavors have helped me develop creative, leadership, entrepreneurial and fundraising skills I can carry with me to future projects.”

Through organizing and spending time on these shows, Fouchi is able to show her peers that young people are able to make a difference.

“When our generation stays involved, it helps strengthen gaps in our community, and keeps us connected with others who we may not interact with on a daily basis,” says Fouchi.

When she isn’t producing a show, Fouchi is involved with many clubs at school. She is part of the Mu Alpha Theta, National Art Honors Society (President) and National Honors Society, and the Editor-In-Chief of the yearbook.

Fouchi is deciding between three colleges right now, but she wants to work in a creative management position for The Walt Disney Company because she loves the uplifting environment and joy that the company brings to many people.