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Mackenzie Hinson

North Carolina in Region IV
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Mackenzie Hinson


Mackenzie is a junior in high school who owns and operates her own “Make A Difference” Food Pantry and its six outreach sites. "Make A Difference" serves over 6,800 people monthly in Wayne, Sampson, Duplin, and Johnston Counties in North Carolina. The pantry is used to educate people on disaster preparedness, healthy living, and volunteerism. She is also a member of Jordan’s Chapel 4-H, a Wayne County Skillathon team member, a prosecutor for Wayne County Teen Court, a clerk for the NC Youth Legislative Assembly, a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, appointed by Governor Cooper to be NC’s Spokeskid for Volunteerism, a member of Artistic Dance Academy, a member of the Hydrant Youth Group, and is a Special Olympics Volunteer.

During her time on the YPC, Mackenzie would like to develop a “Back to Basics: Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Students Helping Students” educational program. The program would educate people on how to efficiently and effectively help their neighbors during an emergency, since one’s neighbors are usually the first on the scene. Some skills that would be taught in the program are water safety, first aid, and assessing and responding to injuries. With regard to students, it would teach how to respond and react to protect themselves and others during events such as an active shooter incident and other disasters. On a larger scale she would like to develop a “Safety in Numbers” social media campaign to educate others in how to be proactive in protecting themselves and others during an emergency, and how doing this together increases the chances of success.