With dance practices on weekends, acting classes on weekdays, and school newspaper duties everywhere in between, Victoria Raskin, Y57′s Youth of the Month, is an ambitious 16 year old girl with many credits under her belt.
Victoria is a frequent volunteer. At her private school, Deer Lake SDA, Victoria participated in her school charity program where she donated toys to orphans and went on a mission trip to Vernon to help renovate a sister-school. Her duties included painting the school walls, planting the gardens, and making sure the playground was a safe place to play. At home, Victoria donates her time to Big Brother, a charity and community-based organization. During her spare time, Victoria teaches students from preschool to grade three how to dance at Westside Preparatory School.
Victoria is part of the Make Your Mark Dance crew, an audition-based hiphop/street dance group that meets up twice a week to rehearse at Harbour Dance Centre. Created by Adam Mckinnon, the group performs in many unique gigs such as flash mobs and street performances, as well a dance showcase and the Vancity Project.
Victoria had the chance to participate in a music video titled “A World of Smiles” (Josh Ramsay is in this too!). The goal of the video was to raise awareness and money to help sick children. The producer of the music video liked her performance allowing her a chance to perform again at the AWS telethon, which raised $379, 710.62 and the money is still increasing.
Aside from her dance and charity work, Victoria Raskin is also an actress. In an annual video competition, “Every day is Remembrance Day“, Victoria teamed up with her friend from Capilano University to create an effective message dedicated to the many soldiers fighting in war. She played the daughter of a soldier at war. The video won second place and was even featured on Breakfast Television.
Last year, she booked her first movie role on “Good Morning Killer“, a TNT original mystery, where she played Roxy Santos, the daughter of an abusive mother. Highlighting her experience as life changing, Victoria expressed how supportive the cast was and how she had the chance to meet Catherine Bell.
At school, Victoria manages to land a 90% GPA despite her busy and exciting life. Although she misses some days off due to her dance performances, Victoria “works (her) butt off” to make sure she does well. She is also an active member of her school. As the creative writer of her school’s newspaper, the Wyvern, she promotes topics such as anti-bullying, the endangerment of polar bears and other subjects that are often ignored. Victoria indulges herself with the school’s misfits by talking to them and standing up if anything happens. Bullying is a common issue in her school and Victoria hopes to find a solution for it.
“When I was in Germany, I saw a girl getting bullied. Her head was being banged on the wall while she was yelled at and mocked. I got into the fight, pushed away the bullies and stood up for her. I had to help her get into the bathroom and get herself together. I remembered that she was crying so much but I kept on supporting her, keeping her calm till help arrived.”
Going into Grade 12 in the fall, Victoria Raskin hopes to study at UBC, venturing into the subjects of politics and foreign affairs. When asked why she spends a lot of time volunteering and assisting others, Victoria responds by saying “because I know it is the right thing to do.”