This week, Hasbro Inc., along with the youth service movement generationOn and the volunteer service organization Points of Light, will honor six young service leaders as Hasbro Community Action Heroes. Each honoree has addressed challenging issues in their local and global communities in unique ways. The six will receive their awards during the annual generationOn Benefit on May 8 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City.
The awardees include:
- Ethan Cruikshank, age 15, of Mechanicsville, Va.: Cruikshank founded Music to My Ears, an all-volunteer-run organization led by middle and high school students who provide weekly music lessons to elementary school-aged children
- Gabriele Eggerling, age 10, of Huntington Beach, Calif.: Eggerling founded Mission: HERO, which has donated more than 1,500 books to low-income kids in the United States and abroad.
- Neha Gupta, age 17, of Yardley, Pa.: Gupta started Empower Orphans to help impoverished children in orphanages in northern India.
- My’Kah Knowlin, age 13, of Lincoln, Neb.: Knowlin started Boxes of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides creative care packages.
- Kellon Oldenette, age 5, of Jacksonville, Ill.: Oldenette began a sock collection project for children and adults in his community.
- Remington Youngblood, age 13, of Duluth, Ga.: Youngblood founded Change 4 Georgia (C4G), a community service program that provides students with opportunities to thank soldiers and veterans for their service, while also providing military families with supplies and support.
Hasbro and generationOn selected the six new Hasbro Community Action Heroes, ages 5 to 17, from more than 400 nominations submitted on behalf of young people across the nation. Each honoree will receive a $1,000 educational scholarship.