When Aulona Graham-Simms, 13, discovered school lunch was the only meal one of her friends could count on each day, she took action.

 

2012 YAC Aulona, a new member of generationOn's Youth Advisory Council, which is generously funded by Hasbro, organized her friends to make and sell bracelets to raise awareness about childhood hunger, then donated the money they raised to local food banks. Her Kids for Change: Nourishing Minds, Battling Hunger has inspired teens to design items to raise awareness and dollars and to donate groceries to help families throughout her hometown of Macon, Ga.

 

Aulona, and nearly 11,000 other kids like her, have become generationOn "action heroes" this summer, joining forces to do good in hundreds of communities nationwide. The heroes have led service projects to help animals, build literacy, improve health, create emergency preparedness, clean the environment, end homelessness and hunger, and serve our military. You can read many of their stories and see photos here.

 

There is still time for the kids in your life to become action heroes. Kids need to pick a cause, take action and report back by Aug. 20 to be counted and considered for mini-grants.

 

Members of the 2012-2014 Youth Advisory Council gathered for a five-day leadership development training in New York City last week to share experiences, participate in team building, complete training and do service project planning. During their time, they cleaned and restored woodlands at Riverside Park and painted a mural for a local firehouse. One of the highlights of their week was to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ - click here for photos and video.