GenerationOn, the youth enterprise of Points of Light and Hasbro, will honor six inspiring young people this week, naming them as Hasbro Community Action Heroes for their achievements in community service.
The six young service leaders, who have created unique ways to address challenging issues in their local and global communities, will receive their awards during the annual GenerationOn Benefit May 8 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City.
Together, Hasbro and GenerationOn selected the six new Hasbro Community Action Heroes, ages 5 to 17, from more than 400 nominations. Each Hero will receive a $1,000 educational scholarship in addition to the trip to New York City.
This year’s awardees include:
- Ethan Cruikshank, age 15, Mechanicsville, Va., who founded Music to My Ears, a volunteer-run organization led by middle and high school students who provide weekly music lessons to elementary school-aged children.
- Gabriele Eggerling, age 10, Huntington Beach, Calif., who founded Mission:HERO (Helping Others Read Out loud) when he was 8-years-old to donate books to low-income kids in the U.S. and abroad.
- Neha Gupta, age 17, Yardley, Pa., who started Empower Orphans to help impoverished children in orphanages in northern India.
- My’Kah Knowlin, age 13, Lincoln, Neb., who started Boxes of Love, a non-profit that provides creative care packages, when she was just nine years old.
- Kellon Oldenette, age 5, Jacksonville, Ill., who began a sock collection project for children and adults in the community.
- Remington Youngblood, age 13, Duluth, Ga., who founded Change 4 Georgia, 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.