The E-Chronicle will feature a monthly highlight of Young Hoosier Philanthropists who are doing outstanding work in giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good. Organizations across Indiana are invited to send an article describing the young person and the outstanding work they are doing (100-150 words).
Please send a picture by e-mail if possible that we can include with the article to [email protected] These outstanding young philanthropists will be featured in the E-Chronicle as well as be archived on our web site so that other Hoosier youth can be inspired from the good work they do.
Our first Young Hoosier Philanthropist to be featured is Daniel Kent (pictured), a junior at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis who became aware of the isolation of many older people. With $4,000 he had saved for a car, he founded Senior Connects, a youth-managed program that addresses the need for senior citizens to become more computer savvy. By fall of 2005, he had raised more than $120,000 in cash and computers and created a network of 100 high-school student volunteers to teach almost 11,000 seniors to utilize computers to keep in touch with family members through email, learn more about areas of interest or find out about services and events in the community. Senior Connects is now one of four programs offered – under a re-named corporate umbrella www.netliteracy.org. ABC Network recently flew crews in from NYC and LA to Indianapolis to do a show on Net Literacy. Daniel and his network of high school volunteers are outstanding Young Hoosier Philanthropists!