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Former Teen Trustee Reflects on Life Lessons Learned

May 28, 2021

Actor Tory Flack didn’t always know what she wanted to do with her life. During her junior year in high school in 2003 when she was involved in Teen Trust, she felt she was playing the part of a grown up in this program. “It was an opportunity to experiment with adulthood.” It was Teen Trust that made her realize that whatever she did, she wanted to do something that would make a positive difference.

“I started to care about my future and I really buckled down,” said Flack. “I saw that what I was doing was important. You felt a sense of responsibility and that you were important. It was fun to have a voice and an opinion, and to be heard.” 

Flack clearly remembers how much fun it was to hand out the checks to the nonprofits at the end of the year as one of her favorite parts about Teen Trust.

Teen Trust has a way of bringing ideas and people together. It offers an important and eye-opening lesson. Teen Trust brings these young leaders together to work towards a common goal of learning how to be philanthropic. “There are so many little pieces that make up a community, and they are all important,” said Flack. “The world is so much bigger than high school.” 

This story is part of our 2020 Impact Report.