White Pine teen wins National Call for Kindness competition

A White Pine teenager has won the National Call for Kindness competition.

Jadyn Cotner, age 15, and the White Pine Boys & Girls Club Torch Club, won the national Call for Kindness competition sponsored by Riley’s Way Foundation that challenges teens to apply for grants that fund initiatives that strengthen their communities and inspire kindness.

Project Hope is a community service project designed to help women who are victims of abuse by providing them with basic necessities in the form of personal care bags and pet care bags. Using funds from the Riley’s Way Foundation, members connect with local domestic violence shelters in in order to provide them with personal care bags containing personal hygiene products, grooming products and COVID-19 PPE.

They will also provide the local domestic violence shelters with pet care bags which would contain pet food, pet shampoo and a pet toy.

Lastly, members will also work with domestic violence shelters to host a virtual information session led by local domestic violence shelter staff to teach members about how domestic violence shelters operate and how they work to help the community.

The national Call for Kindness Competition builds on Riley’s Way’s work to empower young leaders to use kindness and empathy to create meaningful connections and drive positive change in the world. Riley’s Way has awarded 22 inspiring teens across the country with up to $3,000 each to fund their projects. In addition to funding, Jadyn will join the Riley’s Way Kind Leadership Series, consisting of mentorship, professional development, and peer-learning.

“Teens across the country are leading the charge to make the world a better place,” said Dr. Christine O’Connell, executive director of Riley’s Way. “With all of the uncertainty in the world right now, intentional kindness and empathy matter more than ever. The Call for Kindness fellows are shining examples of kind leadership, and their stories inspire all of us to be better to each other. ”

“I am very thankful to have this opportunity to help others in my community through Project Hope,” Jadyn said.

Jadyn is president of the White Pine Boys & Girls Club Torch Club and 2021 Call for Kindness winner.

“Today, more than ever, we all need a sense of purpose in our lives,” said Ian Sandler, co-founder of Riley’s Way. “At Riley’s Way, we find purpose in supporting the next generation of kind leaders by providing them with the infrastructure and support necessary to bring lasting change to their communities. We were incredibly inspired by the flood of applications and by all of the 2020 Call for Kindness winners.”