- 05 August 2013
- by Gabrielle Simmons
Inspiration according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation. Jordyn meets that definition, especially after starting her own non-profit HOPE (Helping Our Peers Excel). HOPE was started with the goal of helping other teens start their own non-profit organization.
Her first service project was Project READ, which her older brother Josh started. In this projected they collected different reading materials to send to the soldiers in Iraq. After raising money, they sent these materials to areas where their local troops were stationed. She was then “immediately hooked on service.” She was amazed with the impact that she had on the people that were sacrificing so much and wanted to continue making “impacts like that for the rest of [her] life.”
At the age of 14 she was determined to start her own non-profit. Her biggest obstacle was gaining the respect from adults who would not take her proposal seriously. It wasn’t until she went through the long process of starting a 501(c)3 nonprofit that “people started to look at [her] in a different light.” She finally became a “young revolutionary” who was determined to make an impact.
The teens she works with in HOPE inspire her. It leaves her “in awe” after she finds out the ideas that they have for their own nonprofit organization. She believes that “young people are honestly the most creative thinkers out there.” She credits this generation for their evident passion for community service. “Community service is something every person, regardless of age, should be passionate about.” The knowledge of this “invaluable experience” will be carried through a lifetime with every stranger you meet.
One invaluable experience Jordyn had was during her first drug disposal event of her project WI P2D2 (Wisconsin Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal). After being nervous that no one would show up, people started to line up outside the door a half hour before the event was scheduled to start. During her event, an elderly woman spoke to her, a conversation that gave her an indescribable feeling. The elderly woman’s husband had recently passed away and he had a lot of bags of powerful medication that she was afraid was going to be taken away by a robber. Due to Jordyn’s project, the woman had a small amount of peace during one of the most difficult times in her life.
Jordyn’s determination to make an impact has been inspiration for people both young and old. To read more about Jordyn check out this article.