Pritchett recently became the lone high school student in Delaware to receive a 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. In 2009, Pritchett organized Teens ROC (Teens Reaching Our Community), which has gathered supplies for about 25 residents of a local homeless shelter, donated more than 500 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Delaware and initiated an annual “Ride to the Beach” motorcycle fundraiser that has raised more than $2,000 for a Nanticoke Indian scholarship fund.
Q How did Teens ROC come about, how many members do you have and how were you able to recruit them?
A Teens ROC began when I began high school. It was at that age that I began to notice that everyone isn’t always able to access everything they need. My family always told me to feel thankful and blessed for what we have and taught me that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a home and plenty of food. My mom is a social worker, so she lives the part of helping people every day. When I told her I wanted to help the community, she suggested I create a group. I created a Facebook page and a website and began asking friends and family to help me reach out to the community.
Q What are some of the projects Teens ROC is working on for the future?
A Teens ROC has hosted two annual “Rides To The Beach” in which over 50 area motorcycle enthusiasts joined together to raise over $2,000 to benefit the Nanticoke Indian Youth Scholarship Fund. We are in the planning stages of the third annual Ride To The Beach, which will take place this spring.
Q Why do you think volunteering in your community is important?
A I think it is important for each of us to help one another out, especially within our own communities. I come from a small, tight-knit community where everyone looks out for each other, so I know it can be done. There are many people in need every day. Volunteering gives me a sense of accomplishment. I wholeheartedly believe in Ghandi’s quote to “Be the change in the world you want to see.”
Q What do you plan to do after high school? What type of career would you like to pursue?
A I will be attending Delaware Technical and Community College in the fall, studying human services. My goal is to eventually earn my master’s degree. Specifically, I think I would like to work with troubled youth.
MORE ABOUT KRYSTA
Page 2 of 2 - AGE 17
FAMILY Parents, Lori and Deroin Pritchett; Grandmother, Marlene Pritchett
EDUCATION Sussex Technical High School, Class of 2013
FAVORITE BOOK “Emako Blue” by Brenda Woods
HOBBIES Listening to music; spending time with family and friends