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Top Teens of America (TTA) is a humanitarian organization charged with   Top Teens ExCEL. 

ExCEL is a platform used to help our teens explore, grow, and thrive through integrated or blended activities.  Activities are identified in the following 3 pillars of engagement:  1) Culture, 2) Education, and 3) Leadership.

The Top Teens of America is the primary thrust of Top Ladies of Distinction.  Together, these community focused organizations serve youth and adults by beautifying our community, meeting the needs of our senior citizens, underscoring the issues that are important to women and our youth, literacy, raising funds and awareness for St. Jude Cancer Research, the March of Dimes, Sickle Cell Anemia, and Alzheimer disease.  Our partners include the NCNW, NAACP, UNCF, and more. 

042021 Area II TTA Paint Party.mp4

With all the recent events that have transpired, the teens were inspired and used their creativity to express their views through art. 

Source:  YouTube - Area II TTA Paint Party (April 14, 2021 @ Area II TTA Conference) 


March 22, 2023

Local Teen Receives Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant to Fight Childhood Hunger

on Global Youth Service Day 2023

Samia Cross

Top Teens of America

Gotham Chapter

Valley Stream, New York, March 22, 2023 – Top Teen Samia Cross a 10th grade student from Valley Stream, NY has been awarded a Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grant through Youth Service America (YSA). The grant will support Top Ladies of Distinction, Gotham Chapter’s newest Community Partner Preparatory Academy for Writers High School in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of childhood hunger by expanding the newly formed school community garden.

Before COVID-19, it was estimated 35 million people across the United States — including 10 million children — suffered from food insecurity. That number is expected to increase to as much as 50 million people.] This is a problem that can be solved, and young people are a part of the solution. Youth-led activities will take place on Global Youth Service Day, April 28-30, 2023. 

The bed prepping and planting event will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 9am-1pm at the school. It is important to close the gap with food insecurities with education on how to grow your own food. If we grow, share, or trade our fruits and vegetables, we can make a difference in our community states Teen Samia Cross.

Teen Samia is one of 100 young leaders across the country awarded grants to organize projects to help end childhood hunger. Grantees will educate and mobilize their peers around the issue to help end childhood hunger through awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropic activities. They join young leaders and volunteers around the world as part of Global Youth Service Day, on April 29, 2023. Celebrating 35 years of youth changing the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world.

“The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation is committed to identifying, investing in and scaling innovative, youth-designed, and youth-led solutions to childhood hunger,” explained Joan Rector McGlockton, Chairperson, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Associate General Counsel, Corporate Affairs &; Litigation. “I am humbled by the quality and volume of applications we receive each year,” said Roxanne Moore, Executive Director, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. “Helping and supporting these youth grantees - ordinary people that make themselves extraordinary - brings the Stop Hunger Foundation closer to its objective of working toward zero hunger in the U.S. By investing in their efforts on GYSD, we hope to ignite the passion in other young people to join the fight against child hunger”.

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