Teen has given more than $30,000 to Arthritis Foundation
When it comes to youth volunteers, Kailua Intermediate School has one of the nation’s best.
Michael-Logan Jordan has been named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Washington, D.C. In doing so, Jordan became Hawaii’s first public school student to receive the prestigious national prize.
Jordan and nine other national winners were among 102 state honorees — one middle school, and one high school student from each state and the District of Columbia — recognized at Prudential’s 18th Annual National Awards Ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.
The competition began earlier in the year when the 102 students were picked for national honors from a field of more than 28,000 youth volunteers nationwide. They were chosen based on their initiative, effort, impact and personal growth over the course of their volunteer services.
As a national winner, Jordan received $5,000 cash, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for his school, and $5,000 in grants from The Prudential Foundation for the charity of his choice. Jordan, who suffers from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, has elected to donate all of the money to the National Arthritis Foundation.
In total, he has given more than $30,000 to the National Arthritis Foundation, and for the past eight years, has donated all of his birthday gifts to children in need. Jordan has also collected Christmas cards, clothing and other items for wounded soldiers. Currently, he is working with actor Gary Sinise in setting up a fund for first responders and military members who have been wounded in the line of duty. In addition, he has also worked with the Veterans’ Homeless Shelter, Wounded Warriors, Armed Services YMCA and the Fisher House.
His philanthropic spirit began when he was in kindergarten and visited a local Toys for Tots warehouse with his parents, Chris and ReBecca. “It broke my heart to know that some children wouldn’t receive gifts for Christmas without the generosity of others,” he said.
Jordan is completing 8th grade at Kailua Intermediate School, and will be moving onto Kalaheo High in August, where he will be eligible once again for the Prudential volunteer award as a high school student.