Local Glendora Youth Leadership Team Awarded the National Silver Jefferson Award for Community Service

Hopeful Hands is a local service leadership team comprised of Junior/High School charter students who recently worked on an extensive year-long service project addressing food insecurity in their local community. With an investment of over 380 volunteer hours, Hopeful Hands raised over $1,560, delivered 23 bags of fresh produce to Shepherd’s Pantry, helped build 24 planter boxes, and distributed 425 Hope Meals to the Harvest Rock Foundation in Los Angeles, California. In addition to impacting the lives of those in need, Hopeful Hands inspired fellow classmates, families, and local business owners to join their cause. Seventy-four volunteers gave 35 hours of their time and hundreds of dollars in donations.


Hopeful Hands students presented their project findings at the Multiplying Good Students in Action LA County Regional Pitch-Day in May 2022, where they were awarded the 2022 Gold Leadership Team Award. As the Golden Recipient Award, Hopeful Hands was selected to represent LA County at the National Conference in Indianapolis, IN, on June 21-23, 2022, where 4 students presented on behalf of their team.


Last week, the Hopeful Hands team participated in Multiplying Good’s 50th Anniversary in Indianapolis, Indiana in the Inaugural National Celebration of Service event. This community-building event brought together more than 250 service leaders from across the country for 3 days to celebrate service, leadership, and recognition. The Hopeful Hands team was honored, along with 3 other student team finalists, for service work conducted as part of the Students In Action (SIA) program. After competing in the National Public Service Pitch Day against other SIA teams, the winning teams were eligible to receive either a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Jefferson Award.


The Hopeful Hands team earned and was awarded a National Silver Jefferson Award for their community service and leadership work completed this past school year in the area of food insecurity.


The award from Multiplying Good (formerly the Jefferson Awards Foundation) was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard and is one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for service. Jefferson Award recipients represent the highest level of service to others. By telling their stories, they encourage and inspire others to make a difference.

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