Aaron Badida’s volunteer service includes the Museum of Science and History, outreach through Celebration Church and two years of service with the HandsOn Jacksonville Youth Leadership Council. He participated in Global Youth Service Day projects including the Best Buddies’ Walk and the HandsOn For Hope Family Fun Fest for children and families affected by cancer. Aaron is also an alum of Youth Leadership Jacksonville Class XXI.
In 2012, his Youth Leadership Council team created the HandsOn for Hope Family Fun Fest. They raised an impressive $10,000 in cash and in kind donations and donated what they didn’t need for the project – $1,760 to Wolfsons Children’s Hospital. The children and families who attended HandsOn for Hope had a wonderful experience with the children playing like children should, forgetting their illnesses, even if only for one day.
Aaron has impacted the lives of everyone on the council who watched in awe as this young man lost his father yet never lost sight of his passion for service and making a change in the community.
Aaron was accepted to Princeton; however, he elected to go to UNF so he could pursue his dream of becoming a minister and continue helping his community.
Aaron will receive the HandsOn Youth in Action Award at Celebrate!GOOD, April 18, 2013.