Finding the Time

By Kristen Conroy

I continue to be amazed by students who have the passion, leadership, and dedication to successfully juggle their time at school and at home and, also create and manage phenomenal environmental projects.

Heidi Keller, age 19, of Royalton, Vermont is a perfect example of a very busy teen. Heidi founded a free magazine, Regeneration, which educates residents in her rural Vermont town and the surrounding area about important environmental and humanitarian issues. A member of Change the World Kids (CTWK), a local group of youth activists, Heidi began the magazine as a way to promote an ecologically and socially responsible lifestyle – especially for the next generation ­– and to raise funding for CTWK’s service efforts around the world. Heidi designed the 24-page magazine and recruited a team of teens to write articles for it. Determined to provide her publication free of charge so that everyone could access it, she launched an extensive ad sales campaign to cover production costs. The campaign proved wildly successful, enabling her to print 3,000 copies of each issue, three times per year, delivered to twelve surrounding towns. Heidi directs 100% of the magazine’s profits – over $12,000 so far – to local CTWK service efforts, as well as to its projects in places such as Africa, Costa Rica, and Haiti.

I find it truly admirable and inspiring that Heidi, along with so many other young people, is committed and active in keeping the Earth healthy. The best part is that they are all so willing and excited to share their passion and knowledge with everyone and anyone. With this type of enthusiasm and determination, the future of the environment is already looking a little brighter.

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About the author: Kristen Conroy has been with EPA nearly 20 years and is the Environmental Education Coordinator for Region 1 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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