For the next piece in the 10X Kids series, we’re featuring a teen philanthropist who is truly making a difference in his communities.
Although he is only 18 years old, Kenan Pala has raised $1 million dollars to fund his altruistic endeavors. On top of that, Kenan is also a part of the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest cardboard box mosaic!
Here is more on what motivates him to give so much back at such a young age.
The teen philanthropist that values everyone
He founded his non-profit organization, Kids4Community, when he was only 11 years old. Kids4Community connects young people who want to volunteer with other charitable programs that will accept their help.
“When I was younger, I was lucky enough to grow up in an environment where volunteering was part of my day-to-day life. However, it was very hard to find places that would allow me, someone under 10 years old, to volunteer.”— Kenan Pala in an interview with Kidpreneurs.org
They have a focus on homelessness because of an incident Pala experienced at age 10. The teen philanthropist saw a large group of people working to save a beached seal. However, he did not see the same help offered to a homeless person he saw further down the shore.
Kenan’s compassion for the homeless was the catalyst for establishing Kids4Community. But he’s not done yet.
How Kenan Pala celebrates success
When the teen philanthropist was asked about how he commemorated his achievements, Pala answered:
“I like to celebrate our milestones and successes by using them as the foundation for our next milestone.”
That is the mindset that propels you to success at any age.
His plans for the future of Kids4Community are even bigger. Kenan Pala wants to expand the non-profit to other large metropolitan areas across the United States, and then the world.
We are honored to recognize Kenan Pala as a world record breaker, teen philanthropist, and a 10X kid.
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Featured image source: Screenshot from “Kenan Pala – The Distribution Project” video on YouTube / Zeynep Ilgaz