Through her various volunteer positions, Tappan Zee High School student Ceara Genovesi won a trip to Seattle to attend Free The Children’s first ever U.S. We Day.
Free The Children is an international charity and education program that works to remove barriers for children so they can go out and reach their full potential to change the world through meaningful action. We Day will bring together more than 15,000 kids from around the country who have worked to create positive change in their owner communities.
Genovesi, of Blauvelt, volunteers at United Hospice of Rockland in New City and was the founder of her school district’s Youth For Hospice chapter. She has organized events to raise money for the Hospice, including last year's teen night and the upcoming Dance-A-Thon on April 5th, where she hopes to raise $20,000 for United Hospice of Rockland.
Additionally, she is in the processing of completing her Girl Scouts Gold Award, for which she is knitting 10 afghans for hospice patients.
Free The Children is also teaming up with Amway in the coming months on the Who Cares Challenge: Youth Leadership Contest, open to those ages 13-22 in the United States and Canada. Entries will be accepted from March 27 through June 5, and 10 entrants will win $10,000 to give to the nonprofit organization of their choice. The contest website, WhoCaresChallenge.com, will go live on March 27.