Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is delighted to announce that Girl Scout Abbigail Adler has been named one of North Carolina's top youth volunteers of 2016 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
“After learning about the dangerous turmoil in the Middle East, Abbi took action to make a difference in the lives of those living amidst violence. Her philanthropic project demonstrates not only her growing business acumen but her commitment to service; both true qualities of a leader,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer. “We are very excited for Abbi as she is truly deserving of this honor.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 21st year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “Prudential commends each of these young volunteers for using their creativity and compassion to bring positive change to their communities,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We hope their stories inspire others to consider how they can make a difference, too.”
An eighth-grader from Greenville, NC, Abbigail launched an online business selling jewelry and personalized items to raise money for organizations that work to end violence in the Middle East. In school, Abbigail learned about the Middle East and clashes between cultures and religions in that volatile part of the world. “This violence does nothing but kill innocent people and worsen relationships between different cultures,” she said. “I want to do something to change that.”
As someone who loves art, Abbigail saw an opportunity to use her artistic skills and creativity to promote peace in the Middle East. She used her own savings and some donations to start her business, then began creating beautiful and useful products, built a website to sell them (www.artsforisrael.org), and designed a logo and business cards. Abbigail spends at least five hours a week making her artistic creations, filling orders and updating and marketing her online store. At the end of each month, she donates her profits – more than $500 so far – to organizations that, according to her research, “come together to stop the devastation and violence on a large scale, and promote peace in our world today.”
As a State Honoree, Abbigail will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join the top honorees from other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2016.