The countdown is on! Soon youths from across the country will be flying and driving to Indianapolis to meet at The Children's Museum to attend a very special event—the 9th Annual The Power of Children Awards ceremony. The Power of Children Awards: Making a Difference is an annual event intended to honor and further empower youth in grades 6–11 who have made a significant impact on the lives of others, demonstrated selflessness, and exhibited a commitment to service and the betterment of society.
As we lead up to the event, we'll be sharing all six winners' stories. Today we are featuring Alexandra Skinner and Charles Orgbon III.
Alexandra Skinner is a 10th grader from Vincennes, Indiana. Alexandra found a creative way to solve two needs at once—the elimination of art classes in her school district, and unproductive, wasted time during after-school child care. She founded ASAP (After School Art Program). Now in several elementary schools, volunteers lead after-school art programming using supplies from significant community and business partner donations. Alexandra is particularly proud of the way her program has helped children with autism, Down syndrome and behavioral and emotional problems. Learn more about Alexandra's program at www.afterschoolartprogram.org.
Charles Orgbon III is an 11th grader from Dacula, Georgia. Charles is working hard to clean-up the planet, and he's recruited 2,000 young people to join him. Charles started a nonprofit called Greening Forward. It began as a school club in 2008, but now Greening Forward is an organization with a $100,000 operating budget that hosts an international environmental youth summit annually as well as provides grants for youth-driven environmental projects. Learn more about Charles' organization at www.greeningforward.org.
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