Outstanding Volunteer Youth Groups

Photography by Dero Sanford 

Champions of Hope | EAST at Marshall High School | Mount St. Mary Academy Junior Service Learning Group

Champions of Hope

Encore Bank | Andrew Carroll, Senior Vice President Commercial Banker
The Hatcher Agency | Trena Nosler, Agent

Established by Jay Gadberry and Trena Nosler, Champions of Hope is a unique program that provides young men an opportunity to serve as stewards of Centers for Youth & Families and develop civic leadership skills. Trena Nosler encourages, “Search for the good that needs to be done by you, notice good being done by others and enjoy the goodness in humanity; it is up to us to keep kindness and humanity overflowing in Arkansas.” Andrew Carroll adds, “Volunteering is not an option, it is an opportunity. Together as a community and as organizations, we can make a difference.”


EAST at Marshall High School | Meagan Roberts, Emily England

The EAST initiative represents innovative learning with measurable results; students develop tactical + practical skills through training, teamwork and community projects. Meagan Roberts shares, “I love being able to give to others and seeing how it affects them. I love to give people a reason to smile.” Emily England adds, “EAST has given me the traits of a leader; responsible, compassionate, hard-working, punctual, dedicated, and most of all, it’s given me a love for service! Bring as much love into this world that you can, because we all know that it needs it!”




Mount St. Mary Academy | Ahmaya Graves Young, Savanna Hindman

Mount St. Mary Academy was established in 1851 by the Sisters of Mercy as a beacon for Catholic settlement in Arkansas. The institution continues to preserve its Catholic faith and Mercy Values – providing young women with a comprehensive curriculum that includes cultivating wisdom, compassion and integrity to help navigate life. Practical application of these values – social justice, nonviolence, equality, conservation – includes service opportunities throughout the community. Ahmaya Graves Young elaborates, “The work that the teachers and administrators do at ACCESS inspires my heart for service. They care so much about the children they do it for that it truly inspires you to want to be there and be active.”

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