Just ask any of the kids in our LEAP and LEAP Jr. programs what they enjoy the most about the program. They will undoubtedly mention the guidance, companionship and humor of our teen volunteers.
Dedicated local youth that belong to service groups such as boys team charity and National Charity Leaguevolunteer regularly to give back to our community and learn leadership skills along the way. As a bonus, some receive school credit and many of our seniors are planning to move on to some very prestigious colleges and universities.
We thank them for their time (some have volunteered here since the 7th grade!) and wish them the best as they prepare to graduate.
One of our special volunteers has been chosen by Soroptimist International of Roseville and Lincoln to receive the Violet Richardson Award for public service. The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment, and working to end discrimination and poverty.
Michelle has been volunteering with KidsFirst for almost two years now in our Leap Jr. program. She also was one of GIRLeader mentors at last year’s camp and helped facilitate sessions. She and a few other mentors approached Outreach Manager Chantelle Comeao to create a leadership club at their school (Granite Bay High) and… they did! We are currently working with Michelle and her club to create a Career Day with the director of the Roseville Police Activities League.
But wait, there’s more! Michelle has gone above and beyond within the world of service. Not only has she been volunteering at KidsFirst but Michelle is an entrepreneur. She currently has her own bracelet and scrunchie business called “From Tu, To You”. She makes beautiful hair accessories then donates 75% of the proceeds to a hospital in Myanmar to help fund medical supplies for a clinic. Michelle will be recognized on Saturday March 2 at Soroptimist’s Annual Awards Banquet to honor outstanding women in our communities. We are so lucky to have her volunteering at KidsFirst!