Youth Stories

Inspiring service in the next generation of leaders.

Travis Manion Foundation Veteran Mentors aren’t just focused on making the world a better place today. Watch how they’re dedicated to mentoring the next generation to make an impact in the future.

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Sam Schneider

As a high school junior, Sam serves as a Lieutenant in the Cadet Post at her school. Both her father and mother are U.S. Army veterans, and she shares their commitment, dedication and passion for service. Under the guidance of Veteran Mentor Ben Alexander of Arizona, Sam has furthered her skills as a leader and motivated others in her community to follow in her footsteps.

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Wakefield Middle School

When it comes to leaving a legacy and setting the example, if you don’t do it, who else will? Wakefield Middle School in Raleigh, North Carolina partnered with Travis Manion Foundation to do just that: make an impact on their school, as well as their community. Veteran Mentors in the Research Triangle met with the students regularly and, together, they created a community garden and learned the importance of leadership, service and action.

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Diego Pinzon

High schooler Diego Pinzon moved to the United States in 2014. At the time, he only spoke Spanish, but was determined to learn the English language, succeed in school, and work after school at a grocery store to help support his family. Veteran Mentor Jim O’Farrell met Diego while delivering the Character Does Matter program to his Virginia school, and immediately saw Diego’s persistence and character. In a predominantly Spanish-speaking area, Diego soon became an invaluable resource by serving as a translator for Travis Manion Foundation’s “If Not Me, Then Who…” message, and Jim continues to mentor Diego as he graduated from high school and has pursued a college degree.

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