FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2017
Local Five-Year Old Selected as a Disney Summer of Service Winner to Create Positive Change in his community
Cheverly, MD, February 7, 2017 – Tyler Stallings, a kindergarten student from Cheverly, Maryland has been awarded a Disney Summer of Service grant through YSA (Youth Service America). The grant will support Stallings in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of providing free books to children and families who need them. Stallings will continue his #1000 book giveaway that he was inspired to create last year, upon realizing that all children could not afford to purchase interesting books to keep.
Service activities will take place during the first few months of 2017 at Studio Styles (Rosemary’s Beauty Supply of Annapolis, Maryland), in conjunction with an Anne Arundel County-based nonprofit organization called Hands of Hope, Inc. Stallings and his partners will host a reading party for children residing in the Annapolis area. The festive event will incorporate community togetherness, education, art, youth service, a read-in, distribution of new and gently used books, and an opening ceremony of a portable library that will be permanently housed in Studio Styles. After the installation of it, community members and customers who patronize the salon and barbershop can leave or take books through the literacy project. With the help of sponsors and individual donors of Tyler's traveling book festival, over 1,500 books have been given to youth to encourage reading at home, through the inaugural book festival.
Stallings is one of 340 young leaders across the country awarded a $500 Disney Summer of Service grant to organize projects to help make their communities healthier, greener and stronger. The grantee will educate and mobilize their peers around the issue of remembering to read more books at home, and creating solutions to read outside of school, through awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropic activities.
Founded in 1986, YSA (Youth Service America) supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. With half the world’s population under age 25, YSA’s mission is to help young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. For more information, visit www.YSA.org.