These young heroes have been chosen as this year's The Future of Good winners for their efforts to build a brighter future for their communities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Angelica has been volunteering on behalf of her high school robotics team to create and donate Personal Protective Equipment to multiple community agencies in her local area to help maintain a safer community. The benefitting agencies include police departments, hospitals, nursing homes, veterinary clinics, and schools, inclusive of her own Bishop Brady High School community. She has raised nearly $2,000 on her own and created 7,000+ pieces of additional PPE such as door openers and earpieces for the benefit of local NH agencies.
After being diagnosed with a heart condition requiring a cease in playing competitive sports, Charlie decided to join the Special Olympics of Maine (SOME), specifically the SOME basketball team, as the team manager, assistant coach, and statistician. Charlie volunteers at the SOME headquarters assisting with the preparation of outerwear for SOME athletes competing in the Maine winter games. When SOME programming went virtual due to COVID, Charlie helped develop a training program called "The Warrior Program”, donating $2,500 to the creation of The Warrior Virtual Program, while also generating content and participating in Zoom calls with SOME athletes in the program. Charlie also serves on the Maine Unified SOME Youth Council and participated in the Unified Generation Summit at the National Level.
Beginning in March 2020, after registering a noticeable shortage of PPE around his county, David began researching how he might use his knowledge of 3D printing technology to help protect medical professionals in his region during the pandemic. As of today, he has made over 150 face shields benefitting his county health department, surrounding clinics, schools and individuals, among others, in rural western Illinois. As many in the community have struggled to find PPE, David has been able to use his constantly evolving knowledge of 3D printing to fill a significant void and help protect the people in his area during the COVID crisis.