From lemonade stand fundraisers to ideas that grow into global movements, young people in communities across the country are discovering and owning their ability to take action that changes the world. Here’s a short list of young people who inspire us, and prove every day that you are never too young to make your mark on the world!
Pageant friends Alyssa Lego and Amanda Witkowski are creating a movement with three simple words: Shop. Sell. Strut! Since 2017, these two friends have been organizing fashion shows in collaboration with nonprofits like Autism NJ and the Morgan Marie Michael Foundation to raise awareness and funds for autistic youth in their communities.
International Youth Day on Aug. 12 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the importance of youth service and the ability of kids and teens to create meaningful change through volunteerism.
At the age of 15, Grace McAllister already understands the restorative power of giving back. After being sexual abused by her father from the age of 6 to 10, Grace found the courage to tell her stepmother – and endured months of interviews, counselors, lawyer visits, a court appearance, and disbelief from some family and friends
Verified Volunteers recently surveyed clients and non-clients alike — all of whom run volunteer programs – to better understand their background screening needs and processes. The 967 survey responders represented a wide range of organizations including social and human services, education, healthcare, religious and youth development groups
From time cards to the tennis court, Robert Popelka lives into the values of volunteering and service, both inside and outside his office walls. Rob’s commitment to our mission is too great to go unnoticed, and he has become a light in the Atlanta community through his love of wheelchair tennis, inspiring and empowering players who are able to connect under his humble leadership.
The first time I visited Atlanta was on a civil rights driving tour of the American South when I was in high school. We visited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace and final resting place, as well as the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. How fitting it was, then, to return to Atlanta again almost 10 years later, in a continuing fight for human rights and social and racial justice with Repair the World.
Dwight Howard has long been recognized for his incredible talent as a player in the NBA. However, it is his actions off the basketball court that make him a true star.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, have dedicated their lives to service. The youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Rep. Giffords spent more than a decade representing her community first in the state legislature and then in Congress. As a naval aviator, Capt. Kelly made two tours of duty and flew 39 combat missions, before becoming a NASA astronaut – flying four missions and spending more than 50 days in space.
When President George H.W. Bush was in office in 1990, and after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, as a young civil rights lawyer living in Chicago reflecting on the need for more light, I wrote a poem. It was a privilege to share this poem last night at the opening plenary session of Service Unites 2018. Many of you have requested a copy of this poem, “How I Read a Poem Like This,” and we are pleased to share it with you, our community of changemakers – points of light in communities around the world, who are helping to ignite a civic culture. Thank you.