Lulu Cerone was just 9 years old when an earthquake devastated Haiti, but the heartbreaking images she saw on the news inspired her to take action. She organized a boys vs. girls lemonade fundraiser in her class – bringing in $4,000 to support disaster relief efforts. The experience led her to create LemonAID Warriors, a youth activism organization that connects children to worthy causes and provides unique action plans to create tangible social good.
In the United States, more than 41 million people, including nearly 13 million children, struggle with hunger. That means 1 in 6 children are food insecure. According to Feeding America, hunger — an often unseen issue — affects individuals of all ages, demographics, and backgrounds, and is often tied with other issues of poverty and economic insecurity. Two members of the Points of Light Corporate Service Council are going above and beyond to address hunger and food security in the communities where they do business.
Every year, an estimated 1.3 million children go missing in the United States. If a missing child is not recovered within the first 48 hours, there is a 1 in 3 chance that they will be trafficked or solicited for sex. After surviving human sex trafficking as a teen, Theresa Flores founded S.O.A.P, which stands for ‘Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution,’ to raise awareness and provide resources for other victims.
In the many years I’ve spent attending the Points of Light’s conference, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve met presidents and first ladies, the son and brother of a president (here’s looking at you, Neil Bush!), members of Congress, entertainers and athletes. More importantly, I’ve met people who I have learned from, networked with, enjoyed a beer with, and who have helped me be a leader in the field of corporate volunteer management. Here are five reasons why you should join me in Atlanta in June.