On Monday May 2nd, the Courageous Steps Project founder Connor Archer was honored by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for being selected as one of America's Top 10 youth service volunteers. To many it comes to no surprise, except for Connor.
"I still cannot believe about what happened on Monday night. It's been overwhelming in an exciting way and it will continue to be for a little while" said Connor Archer.
Archer was one of two honorees selected from Maine as a state honoree. Each state selects one middle school and high school student to attend a four day conference in Washington D.C. recognizing all the state honorees in a series of ways.
Archer arrived in D.C. on Saturday where he met so many inspirational people in the country. Throughout the four days, Connor spent time with the councilors, and other state honorees, as he shared his project to a whole other audience.
Most importantly Archer expressed how proud he was and humble about the whole award. "It's not my award, it's my community's award" added Archer.
Archer received an engraved gold medallion, $5,000 for him to use. He indicated that he would use it for his education if needed. He also was given a $5,000 grant to be given to a non-profit organization of his choice. Archer will announce that grant later this summer and early next fall. He will also receive a crystal trophy as a way to recognize the Courageous Steps Project itself.
What's next for Archer? He plans on completing the non-profit status for Courageous Steps, and coming up with new initiatives for the project. He will announce those details at a later date.
"The project has grown so fast in two years. Who knows what will happen in three more years" said Archer.
Courageous Steps Project fundraiser held at Governor's - 8/9/16
P.O. Box 1, Stillwater, ME 04489