Jacqueline Kasinskas, a 2014 CT HOBY alumna representing Mercy High School, attended the 2015 Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA). She has always been passionate about helping those in need, so she decided to direct her ALA project towards those experiencing hunger. In July 2015, she began planning and organizing her project at the ALA conference at George Mason University with the help of HOBY peers from all around the country.
After many long hours of planning and overcoming various obstacles, Jacqueline decided to partner with Feeding Children Everywhere to host a Hunger Project at her high school. She began collecting donations at the end of November with the goal of raising $3,244, the amount needed to pack 12,000 meals for those in need. With the help of her family, friends, Mercy High School, and HOBY community members, Jacqueline brought together about 60 volunteers on February 27th, 2016 and packed 12,916 meals. Half of these meals went to countries with the greatest international need while the other half went to those in the United States suffering from hunger.
“HOBY has given me the tools to effect change in the world. I am so grateful to be surrounded by a community that encourages me to make a positive impact in our society.” –Jacqueline Kasinskas