“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn
Many people decide to give back to the community once they reach a certain stature or income level. Surely, the number of people in need is on the rise around the world. Luckily, several youngsters are realizing the importance of helping their fellow citizens regardless of their financial state or their busy schedules. Students younger than 20-years-old are stepping up in ways that not many people would see coming, making their contributions to improve the world.
Young students often juggle coursework with a job, or sometimes two. They have too much on their plate, yet the “20 under 20” list uncovers students who are managing altruism with their education. The most interesting part is that these students are getting their hands dirty. They are directly involved in the legwork required to give back.
The causes students are leaning towards vary. For example, in the case of Regina Munoz from the Holy Spirit Preparatory School, her focus is on boosting the self-image of young Latina girls. To this end, she initiated a program titled “En La Amistad Nos Encontramos.” The program offers classes to girls in middle school, teaching them the virtues of beauty and health.
For 18-year old soccer player Carson Calahan, the inability of students to pay fees to soccer clubs became a calling. He set up the Golden Goal Soccer Camp to bring his school, The Lovett School, on board to assist with the initiative. He was named Teen Volunteer of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Atlanta.
These are just a couple of examples of students under 20 making a difference to society. At Sheltering Grace, we believe their efforts deserve encouragement, as they have realized the importance of being compassionate at a young age.
Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing mothers with a safe place to live during pregnancy. We also equip them with the tools they need to improve decision-making, enhance employment options, and increase family income to act responsibly as the head of their household. All of our services develop their self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.