Sarah Lackey: “Books for Friends” Creator


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Books for Friends was founded by Sarah Lackey. She became isolated as a result of being bullied in elementary school. Sarah took solace in reading. In fact, she became a voracious reader often devouring a book a day. She felt that her books were her friends since they were such a source of comfort. Sarah and her mother made weekly trips to the bookstore to select books. She recognized that she was fortunate to have access to as many books as she desired to read. Sarah began to contemplate what children without funds would do to obtain books. Continue reading

Kayla Abramowitz: “Kayla Cares 4 Kids” Founder


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Kayla Abramowitz is the Founder and CKO (Chief Kid Officer) of Kayla Cares 4 Kids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. She began the organization by collecting entertainment and educational items to donate to children’s hospitals in an effort to help children feel better. The now 14-year-old came up with the idea after extended hospital stays of her own, in addition to her 10-year-old brother Ethan’s numerous hospital trips, due to chronic illness. Kayla has Crohn’s Disease, Juvenile Arthritis and Eosinophilic Colitis. Ethan has Juvenile Arthritis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and he uses a feeding machine. Continue reading

Crystal Sanchez: Creator, CEO of Guardian Locket


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A high school senior entrepreneur invented a device named the “Guardian Locket” designed to help women who are in danger of getting sexually assaulted. Continue reading

Mollie Terrill and Lexi Cole: Mission-Minded Girls

Mollie Terrill (left) and her cousin Lexi Cole, both 11, planned a Christmas craft fair that raised more than $1,000 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. (Photo by Marilyn Stewart)

Mollie Terrill (left) and her cousin Lexi Cole, both 11, planned a Christmas craft fair that raised more than $1,000 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. (Photo by Marilyn Stewart)

Pre-teen girls raise $1,000-plus for missions

When Jay and Elizabeth Terrill decided to forego Christmas gifts to each other and instead give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, it sparked an idea for their daughter Mollie and her cousin Lexi Cole: a Christmas craft fair to benefit the International Mission Board.

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Sarah Martin: A Woman on a Mission to End ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)


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My name is Sarah Martin. I am a junior neuroscience major at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. When I was a sophomore at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, my principal, Dr. Eric McLaren, was diagnosed with ALS/MND. After watching him courageously battle the first stages of the disease, I became passionate about defeating ALS/MND.

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Jessica Ekstrom: Author, Speaker and Founder/CEO of “Headbands of Hope”


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Jessica Ekstrom grew up in Cornelius, NC and currently lives in Raleigh. She is a 2013 graduate of North Carolina State University in Communications Public Relations. Founder/CEO of Headbands of Hope since April 2012. Speaker at CAMPUSPEAK since June 2013. Author of The Freshman Fabulous: The Girl’s Guide to College. Contributor at Entrepreneur.

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Julia and Maria Myers: Founders of “Pretty Purposeful”


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Julia and Maria live in Southlake, Texas and are the creators of Pretty Purposeful. They decided to start their charity because they wanted to inspire and empower other girls, both locally and globally to be purposeful.

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