Twelve year old Aniyah Ayres is the co-founder of Aniyah’s Mission which is an organization dedicated to empowering and encouraging children and adolescents to be a beacon into the future through their service. Aniyah’s Mission attempts to allow the vision of a child to blossom into philanthropic events designed to enhance the lives of others. Aniyah started this organization in 2014 with her mother, Angelia Gibson-Ayres to pay homage to her father’s legacy. Aniyah’s father, Pastor Antonio Ayres passed away when she was 2 years old.
Aniyah Ayres is a God fearing, entrepreneur, philanthropist, community activist, model, and soon to be author. She has devoted countless hours, effort and personal commitment to the Philadelphia community through her service and devout reverence to the Lord.
Aniyah's Mission organized the first ever, Children’s Die-In protest in support of Black Lives matter. The protest garnered reputable print and TV media coverage across the Tri-State. Aniyah’s vision successfully shut down City Ave on December 20, 2014 to prove that kids do have a voice and that their opinions and futures do matter.
Aniyah's brain child, “Aniyah’s Mission” consistently lends support to undeserved communities in Philadelphia. Aniyah’s Mission donates book bags and school supplies yearly to homeless shelters and children in need. They donate funds to scholarship funds to promote education. They donate warm coats, clothes, hats and gloves to children and adults in need. This year alone, they have supplied over 300 coats to those who need a warm coat.
Aniyah's Mission organizers an Annual Day of Peace to give children a day of fun. The children and adults alike are given free food, book bags, school supplies, free books, face painting, water ice and performances by local acts. It is a day of peace and love that has become a staple in the community. In 2017, God blessed us to be able to give out 3 “Back to School” Scholarships which provided children with $200 for school uniforms/clothes, pair of sneakers, pair of shoes, a hair cut or hair style, book bag, schools supplies, and a Aniyah’s Mission T-shirt. .
Aniyah is the owner of Aniyah’s Water Ice Stand. She started this business in 2012 when she was 6 years old. Aniyah’s Water Ice Stand donates 100% of its profit to Aniyah’s Mission. Aniyah also volunteers on Tuesday evenings to feed the community in the Mantua area.
Aniyah was instrumental in creating the “Kids Can Youth Summit” sponsored by the Sixer’s Organization and Peco in honor of Black History Month. This summit allowed the children from Harambee Charter School to come to the African American Musuem to tour and listen to a panel of young innovators who are making history now. They partnered with First Person Arts and the Department of Behavioral Health to tell the stories of local African American youth, who have already established themselves as social leaders and innovators in their communities. The local innovators included Aniyah Ayres, Hyjiah Conde, Jamol Manigault and the Diva Dollz.
Aniyah is a spunky, vibrant and enthusiastic young girl. Her philosophy on life is kid simple: all children should be able to have a voice and be heard; eat everyday; have clothing and a warm place to sleep. Her motto is “Kids Can!” She believes all kids can excel and achieve their dreams regardless of financial or geographical backgrounds if they put their minds to it, stays focused and is supported and encouraged. She has been taught to believe in God, respect her elders and be polite at all times. She loves to sing, act, dance, write monologues and play with her friends. Aniyah is an avid reader and journals everyday. Aniyah is the epitome of what a leader strives to be: poised, articulate, and motivating. She takes up for those without a voice especially kids being bullied.
Aniyah has been blessed to be honored for her service. She is the Chaplin Award recipient of the Knights of Peter Claver for her work in the Philadelphia community. Aniyah was a Sixer’s Strong Kid Hero Awardee for her community service. Aniyah was awarded the “Envision the Star in You” award for leading the way for youth entrepreneurs. Aniyah was listed on the PhillyYouth App as a Featured Spotlight as a Young Leader in Philadelphia, Pa. Aniyah was given a Citation from the City of Philadelphia and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, recognizing her community service and leadership. Feb. 2, 2018 Aniyah was awarded the NBA Game Changer Award. She is the youngest to ever receive this honor. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Mayor’s Day of Service Youth Hero Award. Aniyah is the Youth Ambassador for the 76ers Organization “Walk in my Shoes” program and Youth Ambassador for the “Girls Who Brunch Tour”.
Aniyah is a young visionary who has already made an impact on the Philadelphia area but who is striving to become a voice of the voiceless children. Aniyah is the young sister of Aliyah Gibson and cousin of Kalani Harrington.