2015-04-24 / Community

Cape teen earns Disney grant

Christie Gillies, a ninth-grade student from Cape Elizabeth has been awarded a Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through Youth Service America. The grant will support Gillies in leading a community service project. Gillies is one of 125 children and teens across the country who were awarded grants to lead projects that make a positive, lasting change in the world.

Service activities will start on Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, and Gillies’ project will be an ongoing program. Global Youth Service Day is the largest volunteering and service event in the world.

Gillies has started a project to raise awareness about the impact on global health and the environment each of us can have by recycling our cell phones. She has been working on this project since September and it is important to her because “People don’t realize that by recycling a phone in Maine, they can help save a baby’s life in Kenya. Cell phones are a part of my generation. I want to be part of a solution that uses them to improve the lives of others and at the same time reduces their impact on our environment,” she said.

To learn how you can help or how to donate an old phone, visit mobileforglobal.org.

Gillies joins millions of other young people around the world as part of Global Youth Service Day. Now in its 27th year, Global Youth Service Day provides an opportunity for young people to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact on their communities.

“Christie is a true Friend for Change,” said Steven A. Culbertson, president and CEO of Youth Service America. “She has found her voice and is taking action to make a difference on the vital issues of global health and the environment.”

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