Maya Barajas-Tavera is only seventeen years old, but her philanthropic spirit began when she even younger. She has volunteered with many charitable organizations by helping to raise funds and in many other capacities, such as getting sponsors for the Homeboy 5K, helping teachers with lower-income preschoolers at Mothers’ Club, requesting donations for silent auctions, delivering meals to shut-ins, and more. She has earned the Presidential Service Award for volunteering more than 250 hours each year since the 8th grade. Some of her favorite community organizations she works with are Mothers’ Club, the SPCA, Meals on Wheels, California Rural Legal Assistance, Homeboy Industries, Union Station Homeless Shelter and, of course, The Academy of Special Dreams.
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