Senior Scarlett Wedergren is one of 10 recipients of the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award that recognizes extraordinary young people in Catholic schools who through their selfless service, innovation and commitment to social justice are changing the world.
Scarlett established the Batey Love greeting card project after a service immersion trip to Batey Dos in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2017. Shocked by the intense poverty that she witnessed and wanting to help, Scarlett gave colored pencils to the local children and encouraged them to start drawing. With their art, Scarlett marketed and sold greeting card sets. The front of the cards features the colorful drawings by the children of Batey Dos, while the back includes individualized descriptions of the Batey living conditions. Proceeds from the project have helped fund Pascal’s Pantry, a community kitchen in Batey Dos.