Kennesaw Mountain High School’s Destiny Kluck dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours to help children in foster care. Dipen Mehta of Walton High School made it a mission to provide STEM-related workshops and tutoring to senior centers, rehabilitation communities, and underserved schools. Both Cobb students started their own non-profits to help expand support for their charitable causes.
As a result of their impressive community service, the Cobb students were two of the six Georgia students recognized as Distinguished Finalists in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The awards, which is in its 25th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Each Cobb student will receive an engraved bronze medallion.
“In our 25th year of honoring young volunteers, we are as inspired as ever by the work students are doing to address the needs of a changing world,” said Charles Lowrey, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. “We hope that their resolve, their initiative and their perspectives on society’s challenges move others to consider how they can make a difference, too.”
Destiny, a junior at Kennesaw Mountain, started “Foster for Love, Adopt for Life,” through which she has volunteered hundreds of hours towards initiatives to benefit children in the foster system, along with spreading awareness in her community. She assembled birthday packages and Easter baskets and helped lead “Princess for a Day” events. Destiny, who was adopted from China, also helped raise more than $5,000 to buy Christmas gifts for foster children.
Dipen, a senior at Walton High School, founded “Coding for Community,” which provides STEM-related workshops and tutoring programs in senior centers, rehabilitation communities and underserved schools. He also helped translate and digitize health surveys to improve access to healthcare for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. “Coding for Community” holds regular technology drives and has collected and donated $7,500 of technology to underserved communities.