Major Leaguers Shine a Light on Teen Difference Makers
Rachel and Hishaam are two teenagers changing the world for the better through volunteering.
As Action Team Captains, the two high school seniors have spent hours of their free time volunteering in their local communities. Now, their efforts are being brought to a national spotlight through the Action Team national youth volunteer program’s newest campaign, “Difference Makers.”
The Action Team released a series of PSAs and videos today, which star current Action Team Captains – Hishaam, from Tampa, Fla., and Rachel, from Cleveland, Ohio – including two in-depth videos that symbolize the commitment of hundreds of Action Team Captains across the country.
Hishaam joined the Action Team after watching an Action Team PSA while watching TV and, as a baseball lover, took the initiative to launch an Action Team at his high school.
“The Action Team really allows you to become a leader and allows you to do more than just volunteer,” Hishaam states in the video. “It allows you to come together for a common cause and allows you to learn new skills in life.”
In the PSA, Hishaam pointed to his efforts with Buddy Baseball, a program where he and his fellow Action Team Captains volunteer to help teach and play baseball with local special needs children.
“Volunteering itself is really simple. All you have to do is find something that you are passionate about,” Hishaam said. “Because if you’re passionate about what you’re doing, you see it as something you want to do. You don’t see it as work or as something that is a burden. You see it as something that is joyful and fun to you.”
Rachel, a beyond busy high schooler, said she finds time to volunteer in between going to school, working at a local pizza restaurant and baby-sitting.
“I’m really busy and I know a lot of people in high school are really busy with everything going on,” Rachel states. “But just find one hour, where maybe you would be watching a TV show, to just give your time to someone else instead.”