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Youth Spotlight: Alexandra Franzi

Alex transferred to Union Mine High School in her sophomore year, and the Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference on-campus Club quickly caught her attention. She joined, and found the many opportunities that awaited her.

The Union Mine Club President, Chloe Deiss, said, "I've noticed she's always at the meetings and she is always paying attention. She isn't afraid to give feedback and participate in discussions either."

Alex is busy with many different activities on top of schoolwork, but she is eager to make Hands4Hope part of her high school experience and continue to grow in her involvement. Read on to find out more!

Tell us about your involvement with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference.

For the past two years I have been a club member at my school’s on-campus Club. During this time I have got to meet many new people and serve my community in numerous ways. My sophomore year was my first time in the Club and I wasn’t ready to participate in much more than our Club's project. I was excited to help out with that, but didn't know about the other opportunities to help outside of school, like all the community engagement outreaches. This year I started volunteering at events outside of school like the Fall Festival and more recently the Winter Boutique. In the fall I joined the Winter Boutique Committee and was on the marketing sub-committee. I enjoyed taking on more in Hands4Hope, loved to meet more people and put many hours into making the boutique a success.

What would you tell someone who is considering joining Hands4Hope?

I would tell them to do it because they will meet so many amazing people and get to help their community in many different ways! In Hands4Hope they would be able to choose what

interested them and decide how much they want to do, outside of just the school club.

What are your future plans with Hands4Hope?

Since I am in 11th grade now I plan to be involved with Hands4Hope for the rest of my high school career. I hope to become involved in as much as possible during the short amount of time that I have left.

What other activities do you enjoy?

Outside of Hands4Hope I spend my time doing many other activities. I am on the varsity swim team at my school and I really enjoy competing and bonding with my teammates. I am also involved in 4-H and am the president of the Latrobe Outlanders Club. I show livestock through 4-H and go to shows with my steer and dairy goats. At school I am also involved in other clubs including Friends and Foundations, CSF and NHS. I love spending my time doing all these different activities and also participating in Hands4Hope.


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