Georgia Magazine - January 2018 - 26D

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

A number of former Washington Youth Tour (WYT) delegates followed a path that led
them to military service. Here's a look at a few:

WYT alumni thrive as leaders of nonprofits

T

he week on the Washington Youth Tour (WYT) leads
delegates down a variety of paths. Whether they go
into politics or some other kind of public service, enter
the military, work for an electric cooperative or pursue

other jobs, delegates find that the WYT experience can
have an indelible impact on their career track or reaffirm a path that already had started. Here are two WYT
alumni who are making their mark with nonprofits.

2004 WYT delegate
Grady EMC, Cairo
Founder, SoloHope
JOSEPH TERRANOVA

Emilee's story:
After traveling to
Honduras many times on
mission trips, in 2012 I had
a random idea to create
bracelets with pine needles
and thread. For years, I had Emilee Connell, founder of Soloseen the extreme poverty in Hope, lives in Honduras with
Honduras and had listened her husband, Ever Umanzor.
as women shared their challenges of providing basic necessities for their children.
I began to see the real need for jobs that would have a
long-term impact and not just provide a quick fix.
We have grown to nine artisans, and we partner with
local women's co-ops to create other products. We started with just a simple bracelet design and now create an
array of jewelry and home-goods products. Each piece
is handmade by women overcoming poverty, allowing
them to provide for themselves and their families as well
as send their children to school, make improvements to
their homes and even purchase land. It truly makes me
so proud.
Now I live in Honduras with my husband, Ever
Umanzor, leading our organization and taking on new
projects to further education and empowerment. Additionally, we have the privilege of hosting volunteer teams
from the U.S.
Our U.S. office is located in Albany, where my friend
and partner, Ashley Griffin, leads our stateside operations. We're a small organization, but we're growing. We
know it's all because of the faithfulness of the Lord, and
we truly feel honored to have been entrusted with such
a special journey.
What's the best way for people to learn more about your
organization or to help you?
Go to our website, solohope.org, to learn more about
our artisans and their stories, make a donation or purchase, sign up for our email updates and even learn how
to join us in Honduras on a team.
Facebook: facebook.com/solohopeorg
Instagram: instagram.com/solohopeorg
26D

COURTESY OF AMELIA DAY

Emilee Connell

Amelia Day, right, joins Operation: Veteran Smiles volunteers from the
Muscogee County 4-H Club in Columbus outside one of the veterans'
hospitals where they deliver cards and hygiene care packages.

Amelia Day

2016 WYT delegate
Flint Energies, Reynolds
Founder and director, Operation: Veteran Smiles
Amelia's story:
Both my granddads and my dad are veterans. I started Operation: Veteran Smiles in 2012, after I learned that
many veterans in Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals
often have no family or friends to support them. Many
experience depression and have longer recovery times.
I began gathering volunteers and donations to make
handmade cards and hygiene care packages. These items
are then personally delivered to veterans in VA hospitals.
In 2016 I applied for the National 4-H Council's
Youth in Action Awards for my work with OVS. In March
2017, at the National Legacy Gala in Washington, D.C., I
was named the National 4-H Youth in Action winner.
U.S. Cellular, my sponsor for the National 4-H Youth
in Action Awards, "adopted" OVS as its community
service project for its associates nationwide. Before this,
OVS had delivered more than 4,800 hygiene care packages (which include soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues,
etc.). As of October, U.S. Cellular associates had delivered
2,000, bringing OVS deliveries to more than 6,900 cards
and care packages to hospitalized veterans in 15 states.
As founder and director of Operation: Veteran Smiles,
I can't tell you how much this means to me.
What's the best way for people to learn more about your
organization or to help you?
Follow facebook.com/OperationVeteranSmiles. There
is also a site for those who would like to donate a care
package or host a delivery: bit.ly/helpOVS.

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Georgia Magazine - January 2018 - Intro
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