I constantly seek inspiration and the story of a teenager's work in his community is very inspiring.
Former talk show host Jenny Jones through her charitable foundation, "The Jenny Jones Foundation" is prepared to give away $2 million for causes around the US of A!
Francis Mancho from Budd Lake, New Jersey is Jenny's Hero for the month of June 2011.
He’s still in high school but 18-year-old Francis Mancho is already a hero in his community. Francis is in his fourth year of volunteering at Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, New Jersey, a hospital, school, and home to children and young adults with severe developmental disabilities. Francis requested $3,000 to purchase two touch screen computers to help him teach the youth entrepreneurial skills by selling organic produce to the staff from a community garden that he created last year.
"On May 31st 2010, I started a community garden on a 20 x 15 foot plot at the United Presbyterian Church in Flanders, New Jersey," he wrote in his application. "I asked our pastor and the Church Session for space to create my garden and they approved my project. My parents, sister and cousin helped to dig out the turf from the soccer field during Memorial Day weekend to get the garden started."
This year, Francis increased the size of the garden to 30 x 20 feet and has already planted tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant, squash (green and yellow), collard greens, pumpkin, turnip, cabbage, broccoli, parsley, lettuce, basil, thyme, beets, rosemary, cilantro, onions, garlic, carrots, and radishes. They will be sold at a Tea Time Café the students operate twice a week.
Up to 100 students will benefit from his gift. Francis starts college this fall at Lasalle University in Philadelphia. He has participated in various projects in his community...
This young man is "just too much" for lack of a better phrase! The smart, intelligent and self sacrificing athlete is a role model and leader in the making.......
His parents must be extremely proud..
Thumbs up Francis.Wish you all the best in college and keep up the great work.