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Disney Friends For Change Awards Local Youth Grant for Global Youth Service Day 2014
Local Student, 10 year old Colin Wanless of Joshua’s Heart Foundation, Receives $1,000 Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant. Global Youth Service Day, showcases kids making a difference in there own communities.
Service activities will take place on Global Youth Service Day - the largest volunteering and service event in the world - this Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Miramar Elementary School. Wanless, a Junior Advisory Board (JAB) member and his fellow JHF elves (JHF volunteers are endearingly called elves) will distribute groceries and miscellaneous household items to 150 pre-selected families. The items were purchased with grant monies administered through YSA (Youth Service America). The grants received are from Disney in the amount of $1,000 and a hunger grant from Sodexo in the amount of $500.
Grants were awarded to children and teens to lead projects that make a positive, lasting change in the world.
Wanless, like his mentor Joshua Williams, President & Founder of JHF, joins millions of other young people around the world to celebrate Global Youth Service Day, April 11 to 13, 2014. Now in its 26th year, Global Youth Service Day recognizes the positive impact that young people have on their communities 365 days a year. As the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 135 countries and all 50 states.
“Colin is a true Friend for Change,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of YSA (Youth Service America). “He along with Joshua’s Heart are leading an amazing project to help eliminate hunger! We are so proud of their great work and how it will help the community. “
Additional activities from JHF this Saturday include another Food distribution in Hallandale led by JHF JAB Member, Navya Baranwal who attends Miramar High. Navya and the Miramar HS organization she founded, NOM Club (Nourishing Our Mankind), along with JHF volunteers will distribute food to 50 pre-selected families at Gulfstream Middle School in Hallandale. Other activities sponsored by JHF include a food distribution to 50 families at North Miami Avenue Church and a project at Camillus House which will be led by longtime volunteer Sierra and other Junior Advisory Board members as they join Girl Scout Troop #26 to create 150 boxes of hope for the homeless.
“I am so proud of all the JHF Elves and in particular all my JAB members for championing the JHF cause and fulfilling the mission in my absence, said Joshua Williams, President JHF.” “It is truly humbling to see the impact this mission has had on my peers and how they have all stepped up to the plate to make sure we put a dent in hunger in this country. I could not have a better group of volunteers and supporters."
Joshua’s Heart Foundation (JHF) food recovery and distribution programs provides commodity foods to low-income children, youth, seniors and families residing in South Florida and Jamaica West Indies at community-based sites and schools. JHF has created the following programs to facilitate their cause: the Backpack Distribution Program, the Gardening program, and the Chapter affiliation program. These programs are designed to address the issue of stomping out childhood hunger by leaving no student hungry and to educate other children and youth on how to take action against hunger. For more information visit http://www.joshuasheart.org
YSA (Youth Service America) improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people, ages 5 to 25, serving in substantive roles. Through campaigns, grant programs, resource development and training opportunities, YSA promotes a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. As a campaign of YSA and the largest service event in the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service. GYSD 2013 will be held April 11-13 in more than 135 countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.YSA.org and www.GYSD.org.
Disney Friends for Change is a multi-platform initiative that inspires kids and families to join together and make a positive impact on their world by helping people, communities and the planet. And while these activities may vary, they are united by an overarching emphasis on fostering creativity, conservation and compassion. Through PSAs on-air and online action kits, the program aims to provide useful resources to encourage kids to make small changes that add up to big differences. Friends for Change, along with YSA, provide grants to support youth-service projects in communities around the world. Friends for Change currently has almost five million actions taking place from kids in 33 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, China and the United States
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