Youth Change Makers transform Their Communities Trough Service

Posted on August 14, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

NEW YORK (Aug. 7, 2012) – After a nationwide search, generationOn, the youth enterprise of Points of Light, brought together 14 young people from across the nation who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their commitment to philanthropy to form the 2012-2014 generationOn Youth Advisory Council, the second Council to serve since generationOn launched in October 2010. These young leaders embody generationOn’s vision of developing young people into creative problem-solvers, allowing them to experience their power and potential to become global leaders through service in their communities.

“This select group of young leaders has demonstrated a remarkable drive and commitment to create a better world through community service,” said Concetta Bencivenga, executive director of generationOn. “GenerationOn has proudly assembled the greatest group of young people in the country to lead by example as they continue to make their mark on the world and inspire others to do the same.”

Introducing the 2012-2014 generationOn Youth Advisory Council (complete bios and stories on the Youth Advisory Council available by request):


Zachary Odegard (age 16), Dallas, Ore. – founder of Links of Love 2 Chains of Hope, a nonprofit that organizes youth in service with more than 140 members

Full bio:

Zachary is the founder of Links of Love 2 Chains of Hope, a nonprofit that organizes youth in service. With more than 140 members, the organization conducts projects such as sending care packages to deployed soldiers and decorating women’s shelters. Born with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a disorder that causes tumors to grow on his nerves, Zachary also makes presentations to youth and adults on the challenges of being different. He emphasizes the extraordinary resiliency of humans to persevere despite the challenges of life, using himself as an example. “My NF has caused all kinds of complications, but it has only sparked my ambition to serve others,” he says. His group recently raised over $7,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
HandsOn Mid Willamette Valley is so excited to work with Zachary over the next 2 years.  We are honored to have a local youth voice on a national committee.  Zach, thank you for all you have and will do for your community.  You are a superhero!


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