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Kaytlen Akau

Hawaii

Kaytlen Akau, 13, of Lihue, an eighth-grader at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, is an avid volunteer in her community who logged more than 300 hours last year. The majority of her time was spent working with children as an assistant teacher at the Aloha Dance Studioand as a junior leader at the Kauai County Parks & Recreation summer enrichment program. She also participated in events to combat diseases such as cancer and Alzheimers disease. Kaytlen said she was inspired to volunteer by her oldest sister, who has always made helping others a part of her life. I want to be like her, said Kaytlen.

A dancer since the age of 7, Kaytlen was asked by her instructor to help out at weekend dance classes for 3- to 10-year-olds. She spends more than three hours each Saturday helping kids in three classes who are having difficulty with steps and need extra help. Last summer, Kaytlen served as a junior leader supervising children in a county parks and recreation enrichment program. For the past several years, Kaytlen has participated with her family in the American Cancer Societys Relay for Life. As a Girl Scout, she assisted with a walk to raise money for the Alzheimers Association, volunteered at the Kauai Marathon county aid station and organized a dance performance and mayors proclamation in honor of National Grandparents Day 2014.