New York, NY (WCSC) - An eighth-grader at Pinewood Prep who began her own non-profit was recognized last night with a national award at a ceremony in New York City.
Katie Stagliano, 14, was one of six activists to take home an award at Monday night's Clinton Global Citizen Awards for her contributions in global citizenry. Stagliano received the honor for her work with Katie's Krops.
"The work being done by this year's honorees is nothing short of extraordinary," said President Bill Clinton. President Clinton said Stagliano is, "a social entrepreneur on pace to take my job before she turns 16."
Katie's Krops is a non-profit organization that grows its own vegetables and donates the harvested goods to people in need. The organization currently maintains 51 kid-run vegetable gardens in 21 states, and produces thousands of pounds of food for those in need.
According to a release, Stagliano also runs a soup kitchen, and is on the Youth Advisory Board for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She is also a Global Teen Leader for the We are Family Foundation.
She was presented the award by actor Matt Damon.
Other award winners from the sixth annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards include Reverend Christopher Senyonjo and Pepe Julian Onziema who have fought for civil rights for the LGBT community in Uganda, Carlos Slim Helú of Mexico for his leadership in philanthropy, Denis O'Brien of Ireland for his work in the corporate sector, and Luis A. Moreno for his public service work in Colombia.
Recipients of the Clinton Global Citizen Award are nominated and selected by members of the Clinton Global Initiative - founded in 2005 by President Bill Clinton - and other global leaders.