Creating and running a non-profit is an accomplishment in and of itself, but Riley Banks-Snyder started one when she was just 14 years old. Really. She took her first trip to Kenya when she was 13 to serve at a neonatal unit and a school, and she remembers seeing babies being fed from medicine cups instead of bottles and an entire class sharing a single pencil due to a lack of resources. The experience created a deep desire within her to aid the people she met there. So, after returning to her home in Branson, Missouri, she started Generation Next as a vehicle for her to collect and deliver backpacks of school supplies and girls’ hygiene kits to the Kenyans she had met.
From its simple beginnings, Generation Next has developed and grown far beyond Riley’s initial plans for it. In addition to providing school supplies and hygiene kits, the non-profit also now runs its own school and is working on establishing a community center in Kibwezi, Kenya as well.
Now 20 and married, Riley’s life has changed in many ways since she started Generation Next as a teen, but she continues to work tirelessly for...Continue Reading