Taken from an e-newsletter from GenerationOn. Check out their awesome site! It'll inspire you to get involved in your community.
Jayci Elaine Derby, a seventh grader from San Antonio, TX is the generationOn Excellence in Service and Leadership Award winner for May 2013. She first became involved in service at the age of 11 when her family went to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery to visit her grandfather's grave site during the holidays. She noticed only a few wreaths were placed on graves around the cemetery and wondered why there were so few. She decided that all heroes should be honored with a tribute and set out to make that a reality.
After doing some research, Jayci discovered Wreaths Across America, a National organization that places wreaths on graves throughout the country. She became a Youth Ambassador for Wreaths Across America, and started a local organization called Jayci's Wreaths for Heroes. She has since raised over $15,000 and has spoken at numerous schools and events to raise awareness of her passion to honor heroes while also spreading the message that even one child can make an impact on the world. Congratulations, Jayci!
Nominate a member of your generationOn Service Club for the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award! Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis for this award, which recognizes individuals and groups ages 5-18 who take a leadership role doing service projects in their local and global communities. Each month, awardees will be featured on the generationOn website and will receive a certificate of merit. Click here to learn more and submit your nomination!
Check out what Denver resident, Claire, did to make birthdays a little sweeter for Colorado kids in need. You're a super hero Claire! A little effort goes such a long way!
Do you believe that you (a kid) can make a difference in the world? We sure do. We know what awesome ideas and generous hearts kids have and we're so excited to see what you're going to come up to fight hunger in Colorado! Check out what 7 year old Tess is doing in her community! Click HERE for her story. Tell us what you think!
Check out what this awesome 16 year old high school student is doing for special needs girls in her community. It's pretty amazing what one kid can do to add so many smiles to the world isn't it? Click Here for the story!
4:01 PM on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013No Comments
If you're just now meeting Derek McKee, you're in for a treat. Derek, a senior at Heritage High School, has been taking the magic world by storm and gets to rub elbows with famous folks like Lance Burton and David Blaine. Travelling the world, sharing his magic and positive energy, he's already an acclaimed, award-winning magician. But when you meet him, what really stands out about Derek is his genuine, down-to-earth compassion for those who are less fortunate. He'll tell you about how he spent a scary night on skid row with a team of people to gain a deeper understanding of what it's like to be homeless. He'll talk about the work he does as a board member with Little Red Wagon Foundation and some of the homeless teens he's met while helping this organization. It's obvious he really cares about making the world a better place.
And today, he's decided to raise awareness for teen homelessness and hunger in Denver. He's living downtown on the 16th Street Mall, spending 6 nights and 7 days in a homemade plexiglass box. His efforts will provide non-perishable food for Food Bank of the Rockies and funds for Little Red Wagon Foundation.
If you'd like to support Derek, please stop by his temporary home at 16th and Glenarm Place. Bring a can of food and share a smile. You might even be treated to a magic trick or two for your kindness. Derek plans to live in the box until next Wednesday morning. Follow his journey on Twitter, #247Denver, @Derek_McKee.
Tyler wanted to organize a lemonade stand to raise money for those in need in his community, but the weather didn't cooperate. Instead, he and his mom found information on Food Bank of the Rockies' website about our friend Kate. Have you met Kate yet? You can meet her here! Tyler decided to host a Quarters for Kate drive and proudly gathered over $62 to fight hunger in Colorado. That hard earned money will provide 248 meals for our neighbors in need. Way to go Tyler!!!! We're honored to work with awesome kids like you.
Check out what 8 year old CJ is doing to make a difference in the world. He's pretty amazing and encourages other kids to use their talents and hobbies to help others. What do YOU enjoy doing that could be a cool way to give back?
Hey kids! We're Chop Suey and Chop Louie and we're pumped about our new Kung Food Fighters Kids Club! Hopefully you're going to join us and sign up to be a Kung Food Fighter. Did you know that one out of every seven Coloradans don't know where their next meal is coming from? One of four kids, just like you, are hungry! That makes us really sad, but through the help of our Kung Food Kids, we're going to kick hunger to the curb. There is a ton of info and activities on our website to get you started in fighting hunger in your communities and making a difference for our neighbors in need. Thanks for joining us and check back soon for lots of cool information about all the good things kids are doing in this world.
Chop Suey & Chop Louie