Seventy-five middle school youth serving with Big Citizen HUB on Saturday led 120 volunteers in 17 service projects across Los Angeles County.
These youth, called Big Citizens, partnered with five organizations culminating in a service day to showcase the leadership skills they’ve gained through participation with the 22-week Big Citizen HUB program. Projects included building 11 raised garden beds, planting 15 trees, holding a clothing and canned food drive, sorting donations at multiple locations and creating emergency food packs.
Partner community organizations included Alexandria House in Mid-Wilshire, MEND in Pacoima, My Friend’s Place in Hollywood, Seeds of Hope at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Leimert Park and With Love Market & Café in southwest Los Angeles.
“Today we didn’t just see middle school youth doing good work. We witnessed society’s greatest asset flex its muscle and remind us that the youth voice is more powerful than we know or give credit to” said Big Citizen HUB founder and executive director Mario Fedelin.
“Although there is still a lot of work to be done, Big Citizens never give up and will continue to strive to change the world,” Melody Fuentes, 13, said.
This is the first cohort of middle school students serving with Big Citizen HUB. Each Big Citizen has served a minimum of 100 hours and worked with a diverse team of peers to explore social issues such as race relations, homelessness and food justice.
As the organization closes out its first program year, Big Citizens will graduate on July 25, earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award, in recognition of serving more than 10,000 hours to improve Los Angeles communities.
For information, visit www.thebigcitizenhub.org
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