FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Remington Youngblood, 12, of Forsyth County and Colin Humble, 18, of Marietta were named Georgia’s top two youth volunteers of 2014 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring youths for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Youngblood, a seventh-grader at Riverwatch Middle School, established the nonprofit Change4Georgia that has collected more than $50,000 in cash and donated items to soldiers, veterans and their families.
A couple of years ago, Youngblood was looking for a way to serve his community.
“After calling 15 different places, I discovered my age was a major roadblock,” he said. “I finally asked my mom if I could start my own program.”
As the great-grandson of a Marine who fought in World War II, Youngblood decided to focus his efforts on soldiers and veterans.
Humble, a senior at Walton High School, helped start an outreach program at his church that provides essential items to homeless veterans, distributes food to families in need, serves a weekly hot meal and reconditions bicycles to help the homeless get around.
As state honorees, Youngblood and Humble each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and a paid trip in May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each state for four days of national recognition events.
During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2014.
The program also recognized six other Georgia students as distinguished finalists for their impressive community service activities.
They include Alyssa Howard, 14, of Roswell who founded Kids Who Care; Lauren Ladouceur, 16, of Peachtree City who founded Love2Haiti; Nina Manuel, 15, of Rome who founded Share-A-Bear; Madison Murphy, 17, of Duluth who helped raise $17,500 to support Relay for Life; Haley Patterson, 17, of Rome who reinvigorated a faith-based service program called Mission is Possible and Rachel Van Dyke, 18, of Suwanee who founded Special Twist.
For information on 2014’s Prudential Spirit of Community state honorees and distinguished finalists, visit spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.