10-Year-Old Ridgewood Activist Is Raising Funds to Help Classmates Afford Graduation Dues
Jacob Altamirano is involved in several other philanthropic causes as well, raising money for relief in Puerto Rico and to cover pediatric cancer patients’ medical costs.
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When asked how he believes other kids can fundraise for causes they support, Jacob suggested following his lead.
"Kids should try to partner up with a local restaurant or famous place. I’ve always gone to California Pizza Kitchen with my family. So that’s how I would tell other kids to start to do this," he says.
While his sister Jamie wants to become a doctor who helps families with lower incomes afford their medical services, Jacob isn't exactly sure what he wants to do when he gets older. But for now, he's going to continue helping others–recent projects include collecting water bottles to donate to people in Puerto Rico and to pediatric cancer patients, which will continue throughout the year. Doing good runs in the family: Connie spearheaded the effort to get Governor Andrew Cuomo to enact Erin's Law in New York, which requires public schools in the state to teach kids in kindergarten through eighth grade to recognize the signs of sexual abuse.
“Imagine if we had kids like Jacob in every community," Connie says. "That’s a very powerful thing to have. I know there are activists and advocates everywhere, and I think we have to focus on educating and empowering our future leaders.”
To learn more about Jacob and help him get to Washington, DC to represent his school in the Junior National Leaders Conference, visit his GoFundMe page.
Main Image: Jacob with his principal. Courtesy Connie Altamirano