GenerationOn SELECTS 10 OUTSTANDING YOUTH FOR ITS INAUGURAL NATIONAL YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
New Youth Council Members Gathered in Washington D.C. in Conjunction with Points of Light Institute Tribute to President George H.W. Bush
NEW YORK (MARCH 22, 2011) - Following a nationwide search, generationOn, the global youth service movement and a division of Points of Light Institute, has selected 10 extraordinary youth from around the country to form generationOn's first-ever National Youth Advisory Council. As part of the Council, these young service leaders will help to develop and execute generationOn's key initiatives, and serve as ambassadors for the power of all kids to make their mark on the world. On March 20, this inaugural group of young people took part in their first leadership training event, learning more about the message of youth leadership and how to spread the word about volunteerism and serve as ambassadors for generationOn. The leadership training event was held in conjunction with the Points of Light Institute Tribute to President George H.W. Bush, which included all four living past presidents of the United States and gave the new youth advisory council members a chance to experience the legacy of great lives dedicated to voluntary service.
Following the training, members of the Youth Advisory Council joined more than 100 residents and National Service volunteers in completing a variety of service projects at the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Community Living Centers Program, including outdoor refurbishing, preparing gift packages for the children of active military families and letter-writing to deployed military personnel. Volunteers also created a Tribute Wall and Canvas of Service, a graphic depiction of the United States alongside commitments to serve and tributes to others making a meaningful difference through volunteer action. The canvas will be part of an inspiration exhibit that travels to Washington, D.C.-area schools as part of youth service learning and engagement efforts managed by Greater DC Cares and The Mission Continues.
The generationOn Youth Advisory Council was created to bring an authentic youth voice to generationOn's programming and provide young people engaged in youth service with a unique opportunity to be drivers of their own ideas from conceptualization to implementation and reflection. The 10 young people chosen for the Youth Advisory Council demonstrate a strong commitment to volunteerism, philanthropy and generationOn's mission to "inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service."
"These remarkable young leaders are already committed to creating a better world through service and bringing positive change to the people of their communities," said Christopher Caruso, executive director of generationOn. "We are honored to have them as part of our inaugural youth advisory council and look forward to their contributions as we continue to develop the tools and resources that help dedicated kids across the country to become actively involved in giving back to their own communities."
GenerationOn received more than 200 applications from young people between the ages of 13 and 18; the new Youth Advisory Council members were selected based on their commitment to volunteerism and experience in guiding positive change within their communities. The members of the generationOn Youth Advisory Council are:
- Jacob Bernstein (age 16), St. Louis, Missouri - Jacob volunteers at local food drives, car washes and at a local crisis nursery. For the last two years he has also recruited youth from local area schools to raise awareness about childhood hunger. He created a website providing young people with a place to go to find volunteer opportunities.
- D'Andrielle Chee (age 13), Gallup, New Mexico - D'Andrielle volunteers at the Navajo Nation Waste Management Program and helps with litter control and the beautification of her community. She also volunteers at her school, helping out with bake sales, and running concessions and clean-up at basketball games.
- Milton Dimas (age 13), Novato, California - Milton has taken a special interest in the children of immigrants by tutoring at non-profit organizations, and advocating for the importance of education to ensure that all children have a better and brighter future.
- Joshua "Clay" Hurdle (age 16), Lake Park, Georgia - Joshua implemented a bilingual reading program for elementary school children at local libraries and schools in his community. Every week he dedicates his time to helping Spanish-speaking students in his neighborhood learn English.
- Mohit Jain (age 16), Omaha, Nebraska - Mohit has volunteered and helped his community in many different fields, especially health. He has worked in Alzheimer's disease rehabilitation centers, as well as the One World Community Health Center and the Domestic Violence Group of Omaha.
- Rachel Ley (age 14), Stevens Point, Wisconsin - Rachel founded a service learning project that delivers book packages to newborns at her community hospital and has reached out across the globe by helping raise money for children in Bolivia to purchase violins. In addition, she played her violin to raise funds over $600 for the local Humane Society.
- Lance Oppenheim (age 15), Southwest Ranches, Florida - Lance is the vice president of a youth- led non-profit organization that helps students write about their volunteer experiences and post them online. He has volunteered in many ways including participating in walkathons, cleaning tables at homeless shelters, delivering food to homebound seniors and cleaning kennels at animal shelters.
- Rachel Shuster (age 14), Dix Hills, New York - Rachel began volunteering in the sixth grade by starting a Kids Care Clubs local chapter, of which she is also the leader. She has organized many community service projects, including a teen fashion show that raised more than $2,000 for a camp for children with cancer and their siblings.
- Malaika Worsham (age 15), Ann Arbor, Michigan - Malaika has volunteered for American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, and at her church. She says that she really enjoys delivering food to the elderly because of the joy and excitement that it brings them.
- Liu Zhen (age 17), New York City, New York - Liu began volunteering at a non-profit organization that works to help new immigrants arriving in the United States from China. She now volunteers at a local soup kitchen serving meals to the homeless, and works independently with students in her community, including Asian Americans from her school to educate them about the importance of staying in school.
For more information about the generationOn Youth Advisory Council and generationOn, please visit www.generationOn.org.
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GenerationOn is the global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world. As the new youth division of Points of Light Institute, generationOn brings together the nation's leading youth service organizations under one umbrella with a mission to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.
About Points of Light Institute
Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. Points of Light Institute operates three dynamic business units that share the mission: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator, which includes generationOn and AmeriCorps Alums.
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