Since 1987, 11Alive and the Junior League of Atlanta have recognized the unselfish contributions of young people who dedicate themselves to making our community a better place. (Nomination Form)
Each year, five high school students are selected based on their service to a local organization or cause. In order to be considered, a student must be in grades nine through 12 and perform a service to the community that is not school-related.
Winners will receive an $1100 scholarship and a certificate of Excellence. They will also be recognized on 11Alive and honored at the Junior League of Atlanta's Annual Meeting in the Spring.
In order to nominate an outstanding teen for the Kids Who Care Award fill out the nomination form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the nomination form. Nomination forms should be sent to WXIA-TV, One Monroe Place, Atlanta, GA 30324. For more information, call (404) 873-9177.
2011 Kids Who Care Winners
Saya Ahmed, 12th Grade from Druid Hills HS, DeKalb County - Volunteers weekly with Refugee Family Services weekly after school, since 2008. Also helps with camps at RFS. Volunteers with MedShare. Strong commitment to working with refugees and also interned at Amnesty International.
Luke Putney, 11th Grade from Whitefield Academy (Mableton, Cobb County) - Nominated by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, he became the first Atlanta representative of this charity that coordinates donations of musical interests at children's hospitals. Works with neurological musical therapy dept ato deliver instruments to hospitalized children. Also founded "Wrestling for Wells" for Samaritan's Purse. He has raised more than $4,000 by asking for cash donations for each of his wrestling matches in 2011. Funds are used for clean water in Sudan.
Jonathan Velazquez, 11th Grade from Westminster School, (Atlanta) - Created a music program for disadvantaged youth, which will start in 2012. Has planned and done fundraising for this program. Has also volunteered for the Odyssey camp for at-risk kids. Volunteered 240 hours each summer. Committed to music and working with disadvantaged young people. Also a team leader for Relay for Life.
Nina Brante, 12th Grade from Allatoona HS, Cobb County - Founded "Strength in Stillettos" --a nonprofit that supports academic achievement and community involvement for girls. Secured donations from local busiesses and partnering with a nonprofit to donate dresses. Also organizes a prom dress consignment sale at her school. Became committed to making prom affordable for all girls.
Allison Rogg, 12th Grade from Marist School - Started chapter of "Girl Talk" program for Middle School girls at her school. Also created Christmas stocking program for kids in foster care. Has grown her chapter to be one of the top in the country. In addition she serves on Girl Talk's Teen Advisory Board.
2010 Kids Who Care Winners
is the Junior League President.
Daniel Feuer is a junior at The Weber School. At age 12, Daniel began providing cookies and cakes to cheer up cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. After some time, Daniel decided it would be healthier to serve smoothies. In 2004 Daniel founded Smoothie Kidz as a dedication to his grandmother who had overcome breast and rectal-colon cancer. Last fall, Planet Smoothie became the official sponsor of Smoothie Kidz, providing blenders, materials and produce. Today, Smoothie Kidz serves two major hospitals and two major oncology practices.
Parris Scott is a senior at Cedar Grove High School. Parris created "Free Pampering Day" and once a month provides a day of beauty for senior citizens at East Lake Senior High Rise. The day of pampering includes fingernail and toe nail polish, hair styling and a licensed barber for men. Parris and her mother also prepare plates of food from their home and deliver them to homeless and hungry people in downtown Atlanta. Other service projects include S.O.G.S, a fund for students who can't pay for graduation expenses and the annual FCCLA Adopt-A-Family for Christmas and Thanksgiving Program.
Christine Lyles is a senior at Grayson High School. In her freshman year, Christine started T.H.I.N.K. which stands for Teens Helping Impoverished Neglected Kids. The program helps impoverished children in the Gwinnett County by providing school supplies, toiletries, food, presents and encouragement on a continuous basis. Christine also volunteers her time at The Bread of Life food pantry by sorting, distributing and/or passing out food and entertaining children that are waiting for food. An active member of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Christine participates in clean-up programs and/or recycling drives.
Maxwell Garrett Barab is a freshman at Pace Academy. In response to the Haiti earthquake, Max held a huge two-day yard sale at his home which raised more than $8,300 for Hope for Haiti Now. Max painted walls and served meals at a midtown Atlanta homeless shelter and worked with his sister to raise over $7,000 to help pay for extensive restoration at the shelter. In 2005, he raised money to purchase a van for Nicholas House and received a donation of 10 computers for one of the Nicholas House shelters. Last but not least, Max raised money for people and rescue animals after Hurricane Katrina.
Jordan O. Alexander is a senior and is home schooled. Jordan is a certified facilitator with the Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale Nurturing Program and created the Growing Kids Program at the young age of 13. In the Growing Kids Club, he teaches self awareness, self esteem, nurturing, choices and consequences and how to deal with fear and stress using lessons using plants. Jordan is president of his 4-H Sigma Lambda Chi Club; packs medical supplies to send to third world countries for MedShare International; cleans Boartusk Creek with River's Alive; processes shoe boxes going to foreign countries for Christmas for Samaritan's Purse and reads to children at Sheltering Arms.
2009 Kids Who Care Winners
(From left to right: Heather Ewing, President, Junior League of Atlanta, Jordan Schwartz, Anna Glynn McIntyre, Mackenzie Bearup, Bob Walker, Bob Walker, President/General Manager, 11Alive; Max LaVictoire and Jonathan Gleason)
Heather Ewing is the Jr. League President.
Jordan Schwartz is a sophomore at The Atlanta Girls School. Jordan has been volunteering since she was 10 and founded the Children's Bilingual Theater. She launched the theater even after being diagnosed with Turner Syndrome in 2005. The theater has had productions to more than four thousand audiences. Jordan continues to work as producer, fundraiser, publicist, actress and the list goes on. She has also been selected to the Governor's Council on Developmental disabilities.
Anna Glynn McIntyre is a senior at Cherokee High School and delivers lunches to at-risk children in Cherokee County and works on Habitat For Humanity houses for Native Americans in Minnesota. Anna's passion is rescuing plants from developments. She transplants the flowers and plants that may otherwise be destroyed, to her home property. With an 100 percent success rate, Anna has taken the rescued plants and made an outdoor classroom at R.M. Moore Elementary School in Waleska for children to learn about native Georgia plants.
Mackenzie Bearup is a sophomore at Laurel Springs School. Mackenzie has reached out to the children at Murphy Harbst, a residential treatment center for some of the states most abused children, all while living with her own disability. Mackenzie collected more than ten thousand books and over a thousand children's videos, stuffed animals, games and puzzles, all for the center's library. She continues to collect books and open reading rooms in over 15 homeless and domestic violence shelters in Atlanta.
Max LaVictoire is a junior at The Westminster Schools. Max started his foundation Big Dreams when he was in second grade when he found out his sister had been diagnosed with Leukemia. Through the foundation he has started the Big Dreams Junior Charity Golf Tournament every summer. The tournament has raised over one hundred thousand dollars for Big Dreams and childhood cancer. Max will be taking the Philanthrophy 101 class at Westminster this summer to learn more about the workings of the non-profit world.
Jonathan Gleason is a senior at Marist School. He has devoted so much of his time to Kidsave International, an organization that helps find permanent homes and families for older orphaned and abandoned children here in the United States. Jonathan raised over 85,000 dollars and served as translator and mentor for many of the children. He also volunteers as a baseball buddy to physically and mentally handicapped children.
2008 Kids Who Care Winners
(pictured, from left: Elaine Rogers Walsh (Junior League President), Leighton Berry, Sarah McCauley, Bob Walker (WXIA/WATL President and General Manager), Jenna Claire Harris, and Andrew Max)
Leighton Berry is a senior at Westlake High School. He is a dedicated community leader, serving as Vice President of Human Resources for Metro Atlanta Junior Achievement. The Vice President of the Westlake Lion Ambassadors, he attended a hunger and poverty summit at The Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Jenna Clare Harris is a junior at Riverwood High School, who has created an after school dance program at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club. She took her passion and dance experience and shared it with kids who couldn't wait to learn. Jenna teaches this class every week and has secured the auditorium at Riverwood High so the kids can have a dance recital.
Andrew Max is a senior from Woodward Academy. Every week he donates his time at the Genesis Shelter, repairing computers for both the employees and the residents. He also helped the shelter receive a $100,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to award the shelter new computers and help update older ones.
Sarah McCauley is a freshman at North Atlanta High School and a tremendous community leader. Sarah started a non-profit organization, Strands of Hope and has raised over $17,000 for Brain Tumor Research. When her uncle was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Sarah began knitting scarves to raise money and through her website, knitters from across the country have donated scarves to the cause.
2007 Kids Who Care Winners
(From left to right:) Bob Walker, President/General Manager, 11Alive; Sarah Christina Perkins, Priya Johnson, Thomas McArthur, David Mulcahy, and Judy Lynn Rice, President, Junior League of Atlanta.
Sarah Christina Perkins graduated from Westlake High School. She amassed nearly two-thousand volunteer hours in high school. She performed community service through the American Red Cross, Good Samaritan House, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, AIDS Atlanta, The March of Dimes, Trees Atlanta, Jerusalem House, and many other organizations. Sarah also served on the Student Advisory Board under State Superintendent Kathy Cox, where she facilitated a state wide conference to educate rural and urban students about leadership in business and community service.
Priya Johnson is a graduate of Roswell High School and ranked in the top 2% of her class. In the summer of 2006, Priya's passion for service led her to Africa, where she volunteered at an orphanage. Closer to home she performed community service for Hands On Atlanta, cleaning up neighborhoods; and Camp Heartland, a summer camp for children living with AIDS. As if she wasn't busy enough, Priya founded an organization called "Shanti" which means peace in Hindi. As President of Shanti Priya leads her peers in social awareness, political activism, and volunteer projects.
Tom McArthur is a graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School. Tom is an Eagle Scout and is a young man of integrity, who strives for excellence in everything he does. Early in his high school career, he acquired the skills necessary to become an active member of the Civil Air Patrol. All his life Tom has dreamed of being able to help people in distress. He is one of the youngest members to be called for search and rescue missions of downed aircraft. Most recently he was a member of the team that searched for Scott Crossfield, one of the world's most renowned pilots and a national hero. Though Scott and his team were not able to save Crossfield, they were awarded the "Search and Rescue Find Ribbon" for their dedication and bravery.
David Mulcahy is a graduate of Marist School. David impacts lives through a program he created called "Teach a Man to Ref". This program helps financially disadvantaged youth earn money by helping them to become licensed soccer referees. David has devoted over four years of service to the program, raising money for classes, uniforms and equipment. All over Georgia, youth who have completed training through David's program can be found refereeing games, earning money, and feeling proud of their accomplishments and their new-found financial independence.
Jena Sims is a graduate of Winder Barrow High School. Jena was crowned Miss Georgia USA and was selected for her service to the American Cancer Society. Jena has raised over $80,000 for the organization. She has devoted hundreds of hours to speaking engagements and special programs on behalf of ACS. She even created her own foundation called HBBQ's, Inc. - a lighthearted joke aimed at herself, a "Has Been Beauty Queen". Through her foundation she coordinates special pageants for children who are currently battling or are in remission of cancer.
(From left to right) Emefa Abotsi, Danielle Simms, Andrea Hartlage, 11Alive General Manager Bob Walker, Junior Leage of Atlanta President Mary Mundy, Briana Stewart and Devin Thornton
Emefa Abotsi, Stephenson High School, was nominated by Interdenominational Church. A highly motivated individual, Emefa organizes blood drives and CPR classes for the Dekalb County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and also helps collect food for needy families. Every month Efema brings a little sunshine to the residents of Rosemont Nursing Home when she visits them on Saturdays. This future physician already educates others about communicable diseases and raises funds for the AIDS and Sickle Cell Foundations. Through the National Council of Negro Women Youth Chapter, she helps organize after school activities for elementary school children. A gifted student, Emefa has earned all A's and has remained on the Principal's List since kindergarten.
Danielle Simms, Greater Atlanta Christian School, was nominated by Special Populations Tennis Program, Inc. For the past several years she has helped train and prepare athletes to participate in the Special Olympics. As a unified partner, she and her special teammate won a gold medal for tennis in the State Games in 2003 and 2004. Danielle, who considers herself blessed to volunteer with a variety of organizations, also devotes her time to the Gwinnett Children's Shelter, and the Quinn House Homeless shelter where she sews personal care bags for residents. This budding journalist is a
contributing writer for Atlanta Christian Family Magazine and is on the Honor Roll for Academic Excellence.
Andrea Hartlage, Grayson High School, was nominated by Gwinnett Amateur Emergency Radio Service. Andrea devotes much of her time to inspiring youth through the Georgia Teen Institute's Summer Leadership Program. As a volunteer staff member, she educates others about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Her dedication earned her the 2005 Outstanding Youth Staff Award. Andrea is also an avid Ham radio operator who plays a significant role in emergency preparedness. During the Hurricane Katrina disaster, she was instrumental in helping a man locate his family in Gulf Port, Mississippi. Andrea also volunteers her time and talent to assist in Canoe and Kayak races at Lake Lanier. Ranked number sixteen in her class, Andrea Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper and maintains a GPA of 3.9.
Briana Stewart, Etowah High School, was nominated by the Alzheimer's Association Georgia Chapter. For the past few years Briana has participated in the organization'ssignature event, The Memory Walk. When she and her family were told her grandfather was affected by the disease, she became determined to help find a cure. She and her family created a memory walk team called "Papa's Angels" in honor of her grandfather. Last year Briana organized and hosted a Funfest to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association. As chairperson she rallied volunteers and acquired sponsorship donations. Though the event a challenge Briana's passion to help those who suffer from the debilitating disease grew even more. In the Fall she will begin her freshman year at the University of Georgia, but has no plans of abandoning what has become her labor of love.
Devin Thornton, Booker T. Washington High School, has always made community a priority. He has volunteered with the Hands On Atlanta Youth Advisory Board, The United Way, Georgia Partnership for Youth Investment, Communities In Schools, among many others. One of his most significant roles has been with the Fulton County Youth Commission. As a Youth Commissioner, Devin serves as an advocate and Lobbyist for issues that impact youth in the community. This awesome experience has inspired him to seek a career in politics. Devin has always excelled in school and is enrolled in the STAR Academy at Booker T. Washington High School.
(From left to right) Kaushal Amin, Duluth High School, Elizabeth Rossman, Parkview High School, Mary Alexander Myers, Trion High School, Bob Walker, President/General Manager, WXIA-TV, 11Alive, Jamie Antin, North Springs High School, Rebecca Miolen, Newnan High School and Cynthia Clanton, 2005 President, Junior League of Atlanta
Kaushal Amin, Duluth High School. A compassionate young man, Kaushal is actively involved with The Foster Children's Foundation and was the recipient of its 2004 Volunteer of the Year Award. Through his vision, the foundation created a junior executive committee comprised of high school students who initiate and organize fundraisers. Kaushal spearheaded many successful projects, including a clothing drive, which collected 500 winter coats for foster children. His compassion for others crossed international boundaries when he assisted in collecting over 150 boxes of food and clothing for the victims of the tsunami disaster in South Asia. Kaushal is also active in sports and academics and was accepted to Emory University.
Elizabeth Rossman, Parkview High School. Elizabeth loves horses and is a dedicated equestrian. As Vice President of the 4-H Club, Elizabeth volunteered many years with the Newton County Special Olympic Equestrian Team. On a weekly basis she works with junior teams teaching new material and traveling to competitions. Elizabeth is eager to help others and also volunteers for the Girl Scout Day camps every summer. She completed the Senior Community Service Gold Bar Award which requires many hours of service. A gifted artist, Elizabeth created a rendering of her school's mascot which was displayed on student body t-shirts.
Mary Alexander Myers, Trion High School. Despite living in a small town, Mary has a strong desire to reach out and learn about others. She founded and taught an English as a Second Language class for Hispanics in her community. Mary also serves on the Board of Directors for The Historical Society. Her desire to help inspire other young women led her to create a peer-mentoring program called "WINGS" (Women Influencing a New Generation of Students). In addition to all her volunteer activities, Mary still managed to maintain an impressive 4.0 GPA and enrolled in college level courses while still in high school.
Jamie Antin, North Springs High School. Jamie has a passion for children. The organization she founded called Spirit Senders successfully created a holiday party for underprivileged children that has become an annual event. For several years Jamie also tutored children at the YMCA's after school program. Young people are not the only ones to benefit from Jamie's volunteerism. Each month she coordinates a talent show to entertain clients at the William Brennan Nursing Home. In addition Northside Hospital presented her with the "Service Excellence Recognition Award" for volunteering more than 570 hours as a candy striper.
Rebecca Miolen, Newnan High School. Rebecca volunteered nearly 700 hours over three years. She is dedicated to improving the environment and has donated much of her time to cleaning up rivers and streams, and organizing recycle projects. She also likes helping youth and has tutored at risk youth on a weekly basis; coordinated a Kids Safety Fair, and collected school supplies for the Department of Family and Children's Services. Rebecca has been recognized for many of her contributions to the community. A highlight of her volunteer career came when she was personally presented the Presidential Environmental Youth Award by President George W. Bush.
(From left to right) Eric Scott Max, Woodward Academy; Emily Nicole Scheinfeld, North Springs High School; Charlotte Ros, President, The Junior League of Atlanta; Bob Walker, President/General Manager, WXIA-TV; Jazmine Carten, Booker T. Washington High School; Erin Lindsey Lovin, Forsyth Central High School; Sara Waldman, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School
Jazmine Carten (Booker T. Washington High School) believes in lifting up one's own community, and has committed herself to helping other youth. She has volunteered with Hosea Feed the Hungry, Project GRAD's Walk For Success, Hands On Atlanta, and Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church. An aspiring Mathematics teacher, Jazmine has remained in the top ten percent of her class all four years of high school and will serve as Co-Valedictiorian at her graduation.
Emily Nicole Scheinfeld (North Springs High School) has her roots in Atlanta, but had made her mark abroad as a participant in the People To People Student Ambassador program in Australia. In 2003, she took on the monumental task of helping to coordinate a holiday party for 450 children. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, The AIDS Walk. Ronald McDonald House, Rivers Alive, and the Jewish Community Center.
Eric Scott Max (Woodward Academy) began teaching computer skills at Genesis Shelter when he was just twelve years old. He continues to visit the shelter weekly and is now helping to set up computer labs. An Eagle Scout, Eric participates in Scouting for Food, and has worked on beautification projects for parks and cemeteries. His interest in medical research led him to volunteer at the Emory School of Medicine. A member of the National Honor Society, Eric will attend Rice University.
Erin Lindsey Lovin (Forsyth Central High School) has volunteered in nursing homes and collected food, clothing, and books for needy families. She also gathered used cell phones to donate to local women's shelters. After reading about several children drowning in her county, she decided to reach an American Red Cross Water Safety class, which earned her the Girl Scout Silver Award. Erin has also organized "Dream of Courage" a therapeutic horseback riding program to help disable children and adults.
Sara Waldman (Blessed Trinity Catholic High School) does most of her community service with children. For four years she has volunteered with the Star House Children's Center, tutoring youth after school, and also during the Center's summer reading program. As chairperson for her community's Cystic Fibrosis Swim-a-thon, Sara led her team to the top in fundraising efforts for two consecutive years. A member of the National Honor Society, she was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by the Class of 2004.
(From left to right:) Patti Lander Allaman, Jarvis Haugabook, Katie Elise Hawkins, BaoHan Vo, Breona Maranda Jenkins, Johnathan Babcock, Donna Lowry
Johnathan Babcock, a sophomore from Sequoyah High School in Woodstock, delivers bread weekly to low-income families in Cherokee County, helps cook breakfast every Sunday morning for the homeless, and has traveled to Mexico and Kentucky to perform mission work.
Jarvis Haugabook, a sophomore at Pebblebrook High School in Austell, started a mentor/tutor program at Clay Elementary School to assist children with academic and social skills. He has also raised money to assist needy families, so they could purchase food for Thanksgiving; and last year he organized a Senior Holiday Luncheon at the Austell Senior Center.
Katie Elise Hawkins, a Senior at Stockbridge High School, has served in the Girl Scouts for seven years and received the Girl Scout Silver Award in 1999. Katie has volunteered as a tutor for the past several years at Stockbridge Elementary School, where she helps students with reading comprehension.
Breona Maranda Jenkins is a Senior at Dublin High School, in Laurens County. Since 1999, Breona has volunteered with the Dublin-Laurens Teen Court, an alternative sentencing program of the juvenile court. She devoted over 150 hours this past summer as a tutor for Communities in Schools at The LOFT (Leaning Out For Teens), and uses her talent in dance to instruct kids at The Boys and Girls Club summer camp.
BaoHan Vo, a native of Vietnam, is a Senior at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. BaoHan has dedicated over 400 hours to tutoring students in math and science. She has also volunteered at local daycare centers and nursing homes. At the Vietnamese Buddhist Center, she devotes her Saturdays to teaching children how to read and write in Vietnamese and English.