Middle School Student Makes a Difference

Middle School Student Makes a Difference photo
Jake Young, a seventh-grader at Long Beach Middle School, was presented with a medal from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Recognized as a Distinguished Finalist this past February, Jake officially accepted the honor during a formal celebration held at the school on March 13. 

Prudential Financial Manager of Financial Services Chris Carrieri and Financial Advisor Michael Fontana Financial addressed Jake and acknowledged his volunteer efforts with the New York chapter of the Little Saint Nick Foundation. The charity’s founder, Ray Mohler, also attended in support and appreciation of Jake’s contributions. 

Each month, Jake packages 600-1000 gift bags that serve pediatric care patients. He and his brother also dress in costume to deliver the items to hospitals and interact with the recipients.

“Thousands of people apply for this, and only 5 or 6 people in each state win,” Carrieri said. He noted that Jake’s bio was one of the most impressive he has seen. 

Jake was joined at the gathering by Principal Dr. Paul Romanelli and Assistant Principals Keith Biesma and Lorie Beard, as well as his parents.