Levi Wentz spent 5 years in foster care in the state of Pennsylvania’s Child welfare system while taking care of his brother and sister. He is proud to have stayed on the honor roll throughout middle school, despite having to work extra hard to catch up after changes in placement disrupted relationships and school attendance.
Deeply committed to service, a commitment he shares with the family with whom he has found permanence. Levi and his family have made several mission trips to Honduras, where he has helped build a house and supported a medical team. He uses his story of overcoming adversity to help Honduran youth realize that they too can reach their dreams. Knowing his own barriers in his early years of education, Levi has made it his passion to ensure that Honduran youth have the opportunity to go to school, assisting in the launch of several schools in Honduras. At home, he leads fundraising efforts to support the communities he connected within Honduras. He is also active with the Students In Action Leadership Team at his school. Through this work, Levi has connected with a large network of youth leaders in his state, and he was proud to be invited to the annual Student-Athlete Leadership Summit in Pittsburgh.
Levi is full of ambition. He is looking forward to attending college, where he would like to play basketball and study social services. After college, he hopes to use social enterprise to advance his passion for advocacy and service.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou, poet, and civil rights activist