Meet the Founder
Kennedi M. Bickham
Since the age of 7, Kennedi has been heavily involved in scouting through Girls Scouts and more recently, American Heritage Girls. Through her personal growth in character development, mastery of many life skills, exposure to the outdoors and conviction about her personal faith, Kennedi has made service to her family, church, school and community a top priority in her life. At church, Kennedi enjoys serving by singing, dancing and playing the drums. As a Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient, Kennedi has amassed over 2,600 service hours as a high school student.
In 2013, Kennedi co-founded, Swap and Share, the largest annual giveaway of clothing, shoes and household items in her community. Through Swap and Share, over 900 underprivileged, low-income and homeless people were served and more than 18,000 pounds of clothing, textiles and furniture have been kept out of landfills. Kennedi also founded two organizations, Get Away From Your Everyday and Thrift N’ Vinyl, that focus on sustainable living and the importance of caring for the mental health of youth between the ages of 13 - 18 - more than 80 students have been served.
Kennedi was recognized by her school as the recipient of its highest service award and currently serves as Vice President of Student Council, Board Member of Student Experiential Theater, Captain of the Dance Troupe, Maroon Key Society member, A Peer Mentor, A Peer Advisor and member of the Director’s Subcommittee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Kennedi’s latest endeavor is “The Pretty Hat Project” which is a national wig drive dedicated to helping women who are suffering from hair loss due to cancer. She founded the project to serve cancer patients and survivors and to honor family members who lost their battle to cancer. Grants that Kennedi has received from the Karma for Cara Foundation, Generation On, The Power of Youth Challenge, and Points of Light have supported her various service projects. Kennedi was recently selected as the Illinois Volunteer of the Week, is a semi-finalist for the Coca-Cola Scholarship, and a quarter-finalist for the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship. In her spare time Kennedi enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, thrifting, styling clothing, creating make-up looks, dancing and attending athletic events.