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Teen Servant Leadership Award

We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Servant Leadership Award through May 31.


The Servant Leadership Award recognizes homeschooled teens for exemplary community service in their local area, halfway around the world, or both! Started in 2016, this award honors students who selflessly and steadily give of their time and talents to make a difference for those who are hurting or overlooked in their time of need.

Each fall at our National Leaders Conference, HSLDA selects three students to receive $2,000 awards in appreciation of their contributions through service. The students are then invited to address the assembly of homeschool leaders from around the country.

The evident enthusiasm of these teens and the incredible impact of their work prove that they are leaders not just of tomorrow but already of today as they inspire us to go and do likewise. This is the meaning in the name, Servant Leadership Award.

HSLDA will cover all costs associated with travel and attending the first two days of the conference for the three winners and one parent each.

We accept nominations for this award each May. Any adult may nominate a homeschooled teen between the ages of 13 and 19 years old for community service performed since June of the prior year.

Nominate a student here.

Questions? Email us at SLAward@hslda.org.

If you like seeing students inspired to give back, help HSLDA Compassion continue to spread the word about what homeschool teens are doing. Your gift can help thousands of students be inspired by stories of their peers and realize how they can make a difference, no matter their age.

Change a community—give to our Compassion Fund today.

Below are last year’s winners. We hope their stories give you a vision for the impact young people can have.

Addy Battel and Pearl Daskam 

Addy Battel and Pearl Daskam shared their award for their joint efforts to address their Michigan community’s status as a “food desert.” Because their town has no grocery store, low-income families and those living on the margins had no access to high quality protein. By partnering with local farmers and the food pantry, these two ambitious young ladies have connected over $40,000 of meat, eggs, and (soon milk) to the families in their community who need it most. 

Learn more about them here: https://www.facebook.com/MeatingtheNeedforOurVillage

Walter McDonald

Walter, a New Jersey native, is no stranger to community service. A fire cadet and a Young Marine, Walter demonstrates his respect for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice through his cemetery clean-up group the, “Graveyard Guardians.” Several weekends throughout the year, Walter leads the Guardians in cleaning, maintaining, and honoring the graves of veterans. Recently, Walter’s group fixed up an abandoned cluster of graves of Black WW1 soldiers who had been forgotten by society. 

For inspiration on how you can start a chapter in your area, visit: https://www.facebook.com/graveyardguardians/


Zori Thomas

South Carolina teen, Zori Thomas, overcomes her daily battle with anxiety to create nourishing bath and body products for her business, Soap and Soothe. As an adopted person, Zori knows the importance of encouraging children in the foster system. This entrepreneur holds events teaching self-care to children in foster care and regularly seeks out homeless persons at a nearby park to give her products to. In doing so, Zori affirms their dignity despite their circumstances.

Check out Zori's wonderful products here: https://jammygirl.com/



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