Elsa, a senior at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, is one of more than 200 students in the country selected based on commitment to community engagement and volunteer work.
She will work in an eight-week summer internship this year with Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City. She went to Washington, D.C. last month for a national student leadership summit.
Elsa has created a club at her school that volunteers at public schools and afterschool centers. She also is an active member of Kiwanis International.