Jake MartinAn upcoming senior at Farrington High School, Jake is inspired by innovators that came before him, cultivating ambition and eclectic interests in order to inspire his peers and serve his community. In his freshman year, he participated in the A+ Program, serving as a tutor for students at Kalihi-Kai Elementary School. Jake is considered a role model among his classmates, regarded for his participation in T-shirt Theater, a program that teaches people how to "rehearse for life." They perform their repertoire in schools and for the public, helping to make ethics and life lessons more accessible to the younger generation. Jake is involved in many clubs, volunteering to help others. While he aspires to graduate from college, Jake also hopes to encourage others to value education and to pursue excellence. He is well on his way, as part of the nationally selective Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Program.
Julia will be a senior at Pueblo Centennial High School this fall and currently serves her school as Student Body Secretary and is the Vice President of Girls Cabinet. Julia recently finished a term of service as the Colorado Youth Ambassador for the international nonprofit, Youth Service America. She also established a nonprofit called, Colorado Youth! It’s in your hands, to recruit volunteers, seek donations and assist kids of all ages, to make healthy lifestyle choices and combat problems in their own communities. Julia aspires to be a physician, and just finished a high school student research apprenticeship with the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Looking forward, Julia hopes to empower youth, through VolunTEEN Nation, that seek to become the young philanthropists this country and world needs to be a better place live.