Siblings Selected as Georgia Youth Leadership Award Recipients
Two Upper School siblings are recent recipients of the Georgia Youth Leadership Award.
Edward '17 and Xavier '18 Holliday are two of 20 youth leaders in the state to receive the 2017 Georgia Youth Leadership Award
presented by 21st Century Leaders, a non-profit youth leadership development program.
The brothers are co-founders of Brothers 4 Literacy & Life, a non-profit organization that targets education equality. Edward and Xavier started the organization in honor of their great-grandmother who had a passion for literacy and philanthropy. Through the organization, they provide educational materials and resources to underserved youth around the world.
Brothers 4 Literacy & Life collects used books, clothes, shoes, school supplies, and cash donations for a school in need. On a recent mission trip, the non-profit donated more than 1,000 pounds of books and a combined 850 pounds of clothing, school supplies, and computers to a school in Jamaica. As a direct result of the donation, literacy rates at the school increased.
In addition to donating supplies, the brothers have partnered with schools to increase the literacy rates of non-English speaking families and they mentor other young men who have been raised in single-parent homes.
According to 21st Century Leaders, each youth leader to receive the award has made a significant impact in their community and exemplifies five leadership qualities: passionate, forward-thinking, leverage diversity, resourceful, and service oriented. The top 20 were selected from more than 100 nominees and chosen by an 18-member committee of business professionals and high school peers.
Congratulations to Edward and Xavier, two leaders of conscience who are making a positive change in the world.