Earlier this year, 18-year-old Kobey Chew of Kirkland and 12-year-old Mehr Grewal of Bellevue were congratulated by actress Viola Davis in Washington, D.C., for the impact they’ve made with their volunteer work.
Chew and Grewal were honored at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History along with 100 other youth volunteers from across the country.
Chew, a person with disabilities, produced two videos and a slideshow for a free online medical library to help others better understand people with disabilities, particularly in developing countries. He aims to help people understand that people with disabilities are capable of much more than one might assume.
Grewal is passionate about health and has volunteered with a Seattle charitable organization for the past four years, during which she’s initiated campaigns that teach proper hand-washing and healthy eating. She was prompted to address hand-washing during the flu epidemic and learned it can help save lives. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards sought applications from youth in grades 5-12, and over the last 24 years, the program has honored more than 125,000 young volunteers.