Every first lady in modern times has made it their priority to carve out a niche for themselves ; Michelle Obama chose to get young people moving as part of her push for healthy lifestyles, while Jackie O pushed the “just say no” to drugs campaign. Both sought not only to change the mindset of Americans, but to get policies implemented to create the conditions for real change. For Melania Trump, it was her Be Best initiative – which focused on opioid abuse, well-being and the online safety of children – that is likely to be her White House legacy. While Melania was often unafraid to speak her mind and side against her husband , critics have noted that Be Best has had no overt influence on changing policies. So did Melania achieve what she set out to do ? Ivanka Trump’s severed ties – from Anna Wintour to Chelsea Clinton She met thousands of children With Melania and her son Barron Trump not moving into the White House until several months after Donald Trump, she got off to a late start. But the first lady finally announced Be Best in the spring of 2018. Her first and only solo trip abroad was to Africa, but she also mingled with young people on joint visits to the UK, Saudi Arabia and India. Ashley Biden vs Ivanka Trump: 6 differences between the first daughters Melania had met “nearly 4,000 children” by the time the two-year anniversary rolled around, CNN quotes a representative as saying. According to the White House, one of Melania’s highlights has been visiting schools that incorporate character education and social emotional learning into their curriculums. Nevertheless, with the final year of her husband’s time in office coinciding with coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, her social legacy ends there. She highlighted the work of health professionals According to an official, the first lady had “toured nearly 20 hospitals both domestically and internationally” as of 2020. They said she spent time “highlighting their innovative programmes and thanking the medical staff for their devotion to their patients.” The anti-Trump: the caring US president-elect, Joe Biden Melania said in 2020 that “over the past two years, Be Best has played a major role in spreading awareness, highlighting successful programmes and acts of kindness, and encouraging public-private sector relationships to help children overcome the struggles they face every day.” A voice against online bullying Cyber safety is perhaps the cause Melania has voiced the most concern about during her tenure in the White House, and often hit back at critics of her son Barron Trump. However she may have found it difficult to be taken seriously due to Donald Trump’s notorious reputation for attacking people on social media. In one instance he mocked environmental activist Greta Thunberg , who was a minor at the time. 12 vice-presidential perks Kamala Harris will enjoy in office SOS Melania Why is Ivanka Trump buying a bolt-hole in Miami’s ‘Billionaire Bunker’? In collaboration with the National Park Service, Melania has also promoted the important role that children play in passing on our planet to the next generation. However, with her husband’s reluctance to combat climate change – notably blaming California wildfires on the local government’s forest floor management and his aforementioned criticism of Thunberg – Melania’s work in this area has largely been considered a token gesture as a result. Melania has, however, provided a helping hand when it comes to teaching young people how to deal with disasters. In October 2019, alongside Second Lady Karen Pence, the pair visited an Emergency Operations Center in South Carolina, and chipped in to help put together emergency preparedness kits for children there, including Be Best flashlights. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .