Teen Volunteers in Action San Diego Chapter 3 (TVIA SD3) held its 3rd annual Senior Send-Off event May 6 at the Rancho Santa Fe Performing Arts Center. TVIA is an organization of young men, who, with their families, are committed to developing community leaders through a structured program of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal growth and development.
This year’s Senior Send-Off honored 24 young men who have been actively involved in giving back to their communities throughout San Diego County for the past six years. This was the first year that the chapter graduated seniors that had been participating since the 7th grade. Collectively these young men have put in close to 2,000 hours of community service. Their outreach throughout the county is broad. They have volunteered for organizations such as the San Diego Food Bank, Miracle League, Burrito Boyz, California Lab Rescue, Rady Children’s Hospital and Make a Wish to name a few.
The graduating seniors are Griffin Taylor, Blake Foster, JP Sillick, Connor Wood, Jack Lofaro, Sean Circosta, Charlie Rose, Adam Glick, Peter Nelson, Lorenzo Patino, Michael Dischner, Ryan Vincent, Jacob Ryder, Connor Howard, Chris Temby, Justin Diehl, Tommy Gitre, Alex Hargis, Zane Tellez, Jack Straza, Michael McGowan, Noah Hall, Michael Babikian and Henry Zeigler.
The featured speaker for the graduation was Nick Petro, a local entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker and author of the book “The 7 Pillars that Bridge Communication between Youth + Parents.” He is a recognized authority on youth leadership and has been serving schools, nonprofits and youth organizations around the world for more than 15 years. Petro was quite a hit getting all of the seniors and other TVIA members and their families involved during his speech.
In addition, each year the TVIA senior class chooses an organization that they would like to present with the 2018 Charitable Donation. This year’s recipient was My Grey Matterz (MGM). MGM is an organization whose campaign was born from the personal experience of one of TVIA’s own graduating seniors, Alex Hargis. Alex sustained a severe traumatic brain injury while skateboarding without a helmet. He was placed in a medically induced coma for 28 days. Fortunately, since that time, Alex has recovered completely and he has made it his mission to change the prevalent anti-helmet culture through his organization My Grey Matterz. The class of 2018 was happy to donate and help Alex with his mission.
For more information on how to get involved with TVIA, visit the website at www.tvia.org