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State Honoree

Adam Smith

Louisiana

is an active member of several youth volunteer groups and has participated in projects that benefit the homeless, the hungry and the environment. “I am a strong believer that helping is an option, but living isn’t,” said Adam. “If I can help to make life better, I should.” Adam has been a member of the Young Leader’s Academy since the second grade, and has been volunteering ever since. During the holidays, Adam helps prepare and serve meals to the hungry in his area, because “I was going home to a great Thanksgiving meal and a warm house – where were the homeless going to go?” He’s also collected Christmas toys for needy children at a shelter, but has given more gifts than can be unwrapped. Finally, Adam helped recruit 15 fellow students to plant 100 trees along a major highway and in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Baton Rouge. Today Adam encourages students as young as the second grade to join him in his efforts. “It is important for people to be concerned about our world, and make it better for future generations,” he said.