Sydney Thompson, 10, is a member of the all-youth board of advisors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., a nonprofit that brings happiness to children experiencing homelessness, catastrophic illness and food insecurity, who are in foster care group homes and orphanages, and to unaccompanied minors. She will enter sixth grade in Fall 2023.
Hobbies: Club soccr, piano, hanging out with friends, bike riding, baking, and enjoys hand crotchet
Sydney began to realize her love for community service when she was six years old. She recalls going with her father to Baltimore City to pick up trash.
"I had fun and it made me feel good to clean up the community and make it safer," she said.
When she was eight years old, she collected donations and toiletries for the homeless and handed them out at a homeless event. Another project she was involved in was a bake sale for the Snowflake Station at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her sister Grace and her friend Leah joined her in baking and packaging pastries, and selling them at a school event. They raised $400 to buy toys for the Snowflake Station.
"I like community service because it makes me happy seeing other people happy. Doing community service makes me see how important it is to support the community and families around me," she said.