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14-year-old girl gets national recognition for starting her own charity

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14-year-old girl gets national recognition for starting her own charity

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Mar 19, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Only 100 students in the country earn the Prudential Spirit of Community Award and our very own Siena Prenger is one of them.  Siena and her sister founded Teens Helping Teens.

Prudential recognized Siena at her school and now she's bound for Washington, D.C., where she will spend three days collaborating with other teens across the nation.  In addition, Prudential will recognize 10 top students with $10,000 for their charity.

Siena told us she was thrilled to get the news. "Yes. It was pure excitement. Especially when I got the letter. It was pure excitement in my house."

Teens Helping Teens is an incredible nonprofit started by these sisters. Teens collect food, hygiene products, and clothes for homeless students here in the valley.  In addition to stocking high schools, they are huge supporters of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.  

Executive Director Arash Ghafoori says, "So many teens are focused on partying  and Facebook.  For a teen to really think about how there are homeless youth out there ... people less fortunate ... to already have that type of perspective at that age, to be community minded at that age, is incredible."

Siena just turned 14 and wants to take Teens Helping Teens to the national level.  If you're a teen and you want to help, head to www.teens-helping-teens.com.

 

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.