InvisiYouth Introduces New Celebrity Ambassador, Actress and Disability Activist Melissa Johns

December 27, 2017

InvisiYouth Charity is excited to announce its newest Celebrity Ambassador, British actress and disability activist Melissa Johns.  Best known for her role of Sade in BBC’s The Interceptor and most recent role of Imogen Pascoe on ITV’s Coronation Street, Melissa has been able to show her talents across England, and her star keeps on rising.

From Herefordshire, England, Melissa is a change-maker, and the entire team at InvisiYouth Charity feels so honored to have her support and enthusiasm to join our community and give back to the older youth population living with health struggles and disabilities.

Melissa was born without her right hand and forearm, and while having a limb difference has brought many challenges, but it has also made Melissa a strong advocate through her acting. Breaking barriers and owning one’s uniqueness is part of Melissa’s mission.

She attended East 15 Acting School in London as one of a few actors with a disability accepted, won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award as one of the first physically disabled actors, and has appeared on numerous theatre shows across the UK and TV series.

What makes Melissa stand out to the InvisiYouth team is her passion to use her platform from her acting career to give back others living with a disability. With a fellow Coronation Street actor, Cherylee Houston, Melissa co-founded TripleC, a disability-led organization in England that uses drama and theatre workshops to enhance the lives of people living with disabilities.

Melissa is so passionate about giving back, motivating others and bringing change, so her enthusiasm to join the InvisiYouth family means the world.

“Becoming an ambassador for InvisiYouth is an incredible honour,” Johns said. “To work with a charity that advocate for teens & young adults with chronic illnesses/disabilities as well as provide programmes/events that support independence and empowerment means the world to me. I’ll certainly do all I can to help these incredible individuals be anything but invisible.”

From her role of Imogen on Coronation Street and her disability activism work, Melissa was recognized by the JCI UK Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award for breaking the mold and getting people with disabilities positively shown on stage and screen.

And she’ll even be working with modelling organizations to motivate change on positive body image for those with physical disabilities.

Having Melissa Johns as a Celebrity Ambassador is something InvisiYouth Charity is so proud of because Melissa extends her mission to inspire other with limb differences.

“Use what makes you different,” Johns said.  “Magnify it. Glorify it and use it to make the changes that you want to see.”

She is such a strong, proud advocate for this community, and we’re thrilled that Melissa will now be able to motivate older youth with all types of disabilities and chronic illnesses, as our new InvisiYouth Celebrity Ambassador.

Her ability to inspire and shatter the stereotypes surrounding disability is amazing and we cannot wait to work more with Melissa in InvisiYouth’s work and help young adults navigate their life and feel empowered with health struggles or disabilities.

InvisiYouth Celebrity Ambassador Competing on Dancing with the Stars Season 25

September 18, 2017

The entire InvisiYouth Charity Family is beyond excited to be cheering on our very first InvisiYouth Celebrity Ambassador, ESPN correspondent and Paralympic medalist Victoria Arlen as she competes for the mirror ball trophy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, starting tonight, 8pm EST.

As one half of the now #TeamViVa, Victoria is partnered with two-time winner of DTWS, Val Chmerkovskiy, and the two have been blowing up social media with their infectious laughter and fun dance parties at their dance rehearsals. The 22-year-old former Paralympic swimmer, who is also a correspondent on ESPN, will definitely be taking her uplifting personality and athletic training mindset into the competition as she competes to take home the mirror ball.

For InvisiYouth Charity, it is an amazing opportunity to watch our ambassador showcase her story of fighting through health struggles and trying to always push herself to reach new goals for her health and life.

The entire USA will be empowered by Victoria’s story as well as her beautiful spirit on life, just like all of us at InvisiYouth were when we were introduced to Victoria last spring.  You can learn more about her story and why Victoria is our ambassador on our website here.

Victoria Arlen empowers so many young people at InvisiYouth Charity.  We adore her passion to give back and motivate others how to build each other up and support each other through health struggles and chronic illness.  She has relearned how to use so much of her body after her illness, like walking and talking, so to see her competing on DWTS, showing the world how you can adapt and achieve in life makes InvisiYouth super proud.

For those of our teens and young adults living with visible or invisible illnesses, Victoria Arlen is such a prime example of how to find your own way in life, to adapt to make sure you can continue conquering and achieving your dreams.

One message that makes her such a true role model as an InvisiYouth Ambassador is her understanding that teens with chronic illnesses need to have support, to know they are not alone in their experiences and can learn from each other.  We hope more teens with illness will learn this from watching Victoria on DWTS!

Now…if you want to get on the InvisiYouth support team for Team ViVa, take down their voting number, and get it on speed dial! 1-800-868-3413!  We want to see Victoria and Val in the finals.  So vote, vote, vote!!

And we want to hear from all of you too! Tell us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram what makes you motivated by Victoria and we’ll share it on social media!