Jordyn Schara

Jordyn is a 21 year old senior at the University of Wisconsin. At the age of 14, she started her own 501(c)3 non-profit, HOPE (Helping Our Peers Excel), which inspires youth to grow by utilizing community service and volunteerism as tools to encourage them to make a difference in the world.

Through her non-profit, she has organized several award-winning service projects: Project READ (Reading Equipment for America’s Defenders) where she and her brother provided care packages to our troops serving overseas; WI P2D2 (Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal) which sets up drug collection programs to rid pharmaceuticals from our drinking water and keeps them out of the hands of abusers and; C4C (Comics 4 Change) which promotes youth literacy through a comic book donation program.

Jordyn has received countless honors and awards for her inspiring work, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the National Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Parade Magazine’s All American High School Service Team Award, the Volvo Adventure Award in Sweden, and was selected to carry the torch in London for the 2012 Olympics.  Furthermore, she has been featured in numerous magazines in the U.S., Canada and Brazil.  She is also featured in two books about inspiring teens in the U.S. and Australia.