TEEN DEDICATES HER LIFE TO AFRICA
There are probably not many times you’ve ever heard this kind of introduction:
“Hi, I’m Riley. I’m a teenager on a mission to change the world…loving ONE child at a time.”
Meet Riley Banks, a Branson High School student, who is putting her money where
her mouth is and doing just that.
In fact, she’s doing so much more than that.
After a mission trip to the country of Kenya in 2010, Riley’s tender heart was broken as she watched school children share a pencil while she thought about the tons of resources American children have available to them.
That was the embryo of a thought that would shortly become her mission.
Riley says that’s why she started Generation Next, a non-profit organization that will “provide under privileged children all over the world with a backpack full of school supplies, for their educational learning as well as a Bible for their spiritual learning.” Riley calls them “Supplies for Life!”
Since that time, Riley has done more than gather pencils for school children. In 2012 she distributed a massive number of hygiene kits from donations she collected, sponsored a medical clinic, and built a school.
Along with being a devoted high school student, Riley manages Generation Next, collects donations and writes her own blog.
Little wonder why she’s been featured on KSPR Hometown Heros, Rural Missouri Magazine, and 417 Magazine.
On February 22, at the Pure Joy Celebration held at Sight and Sound Theatre, Riley was honored before nearly two thousand women with the Pure Joy Award.
“I just want to help people,” she says.