During a time when adults seem to constantly complain about how children are raised and wonder about the world that will be left in their hands when they grow up, it is important to remember that perception is not always reality. In fact it seems that younger people are giving more then ever before. In fact, there are enough kids doing good that the 16-year old Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program announced 10 middle and high school students selected to receive the honor — which includes a $6,000 cash prize and $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice — out of more than 29,000 applications that came in as detailed in this article at USA Today.
One recipient in particular is especially inspiring as a Well-Met young man – a young artist named Jeffrey Hanson who despite having neurofibromatosis has created artwork that has sold to raise money for charities to the tune of $225,000 and even has a piece of artwork used as one of the bags sold by Whole Foods. Jeffrey says about his work:
“Every act of kindness helps create kinder communities, more compassionate nations and a better world for all … even one painting at a time.”
Replace painting with any project or action you could do and that right there could be the Well-Met motto.