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Local Teen Lia Haile Selected as a Disney Summer of Service Winner to Create Positive Change in her community

Lia Haile, an 8th grader from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, has been awarded a Disney Summer of Service grant through YSA (Youth Service America). The grant will support her Hopeful Hearts Club in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of homelessness.

Lia Haile founded the Hopeful Hearts Club to help the kids and families at Hope House, the homeless shelter in Manitowoc. Her club hosts birthday parties for all the children who celebrate a birthday while living at the shelter. Lia makes sure each party is unique, just like each child. The grant will help fund future birthday parties through 2018.

Haile is one of 270 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. Grantees will educate and mobilize their peers around the issue of homelessness creating solutions through awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropic activities.

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