Luke Gilligan of Fishers has been selected as one of 10 winners for America’s Promise Alliance’s Power of Youth Challenge, which provides $1,000 grants to young people to identify a challenge in their community, devise a solution, and carry out their service projects.
To address the issue of students living in poverty, Luke created a program to serve impoverished children in the state of Indiana. The project looked to address childhood hunger and the lack of necessities for some students within the Hamilton County School Districts. The goal was to provide schools and organizations with bags containing food items which were distributed to children who would benefit the most. Through various food drives and the hosting of community-oriented project packing events, around 1,500 bags were created for underserved youth in the local community.
The Power of Youth competition, which launched in December 2018, posed a challenge to young people to identify an issue or an injustice in their community and propose an idea that engages others to make an impact. The finalists were selected from among 86 applicants who responded to the challenge and received initial $250 grants to carry out their projects over six months.
“I’m blown away by all the service projects of the Power of Youth winners,” said John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance. “These 10 winners have shown exceptional passion, creativity, empathy, and determination to make their communities a better place. What’s more: they’re not only helping their communities, but they’re empowering other young people to go out there and do the same.”
The challenge was made possible by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which supports projects around the world that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society and believes young people themselves are the key to solving some of our communities’ most pressing problems.