BALTIMORE — At 15 years old, Quintrell Reese has seen things no one should have to see in a lifetime.
“I lost my aunt when I was 12 on my birthday actually,” said Reece. “I lost my cousin when I was like 9 or 10. Growing up without them feels different. It keep them off my mind, but at the same time I think more about them. It don’t make me thing negative it makes me think positive about them.”
To honor them, he volunteers his time to clean up vacant lots and help at community events.
Lisa Molock prides herself on building leaders like Reese through her organization, Let’s Thrive Baltimore: Youth in Action.
She nominated him for the Points of Light Award, earning him national recognition for his volunteer work.
“He comes out and he leads by example,” Molock said. “When they cut the grass the other night they were getting a little tired so he was like no we started it were going to finish it. It’s that initiative that inspired me to nominate him to the Points of Light.”
His dedication and work ethic are already setting an example for kids younger than him.
“They can go back and do the same thing I did. Help like keep it going, they see me cutting the grass they might go find another lot we didn’t see and go do the same thing to it.”
Some well deserved praise for a kid from West Baltimore doing his best for his community.
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