Community Hero: Incredible Youth Inspires Philanthropy in Alaska

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Imagine a 10-year-old boy spending his weekends learning Arabic and making postcards for refugees across the world. Meet William Scannell IV, AFP Alaska's 2015 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropyaward winner.

His project is called Any Refugee.  William and his classmates are making postcards to send to children in refugee camps around the world. As his mom Michelle explains, “He has a well of caring and empathy that never runs dry.” 

The award had an impact on William. He says, "I feel very honored about getting this award. Out of all the people in Alaska, people who do so much good, you chose me. It’s as much of a responsibility as it is an honor, and so I must live up to the respect you have shown to me. Thank you to all of the people who gave me the award because this, by far, is my greatest achievement yet.”

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