Kids Helping Kids
Not all the folks looking out for abused children are adults, as Colby Lufkin and his friends have shown.
Two years ago, Colby and members of the advisory committee began to collect Christmas gifts for children in the Guardian ad Litem program. Last year, with wish lists provided by GAL sponsors, they gathered more than 800 items from businesses, fellow students, families and friends, which advisory committee members, including Colby and Jared Jillson, wrapped and delivered to the GAL office.
It’s not every day you hear about a teenager who, with his friends, forms an advisory committee to support a non-profit organization, and two years later is honored with a Community Advocate of the Year Award. Yet if you’ve ever met 17-year-old Colby Lufkin you’ll know the depth of his commitment to Guardian ad Litem (GAL), a program that assists children who end up in dependency court. Any hope for a positive future lies in the hands of citizens who volunteer to become part of a court program, acting in the best interests of an assigned child.
“I’d been hearing about the program for years from my grandmother who is a longtime guardian, so during my freshman year I decided I should do something to give back,” says Colby, a junior at Saint Edward’s School. “I found friends who wanted to give back as well. Some, like me, are on the football team, some are in my grade and some go to other schools. They all thought Guardian ad Litem was a great organization.”
Read the entire article in the December 2010 issue