Austin High School Student Earns Outstanding Youth Philanthropy Award
Archer Hadley, a 19-year old high school graduate who has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair—but hasn’t let any of those challenges stop him from raising over $100,000 for disability access and awareness—has been named the 2016 CARTER Outstanding Youth Philanthropist by AFP.
Archer’s philanthropic journey began one rainy morning outside Austin High School while getting soaking wet waiting for someone to open the main school doors for him. Frustrated by the incident, which was not uncommon, he was inspired to start Archer’s Wheelchair Challenge to raise money to install automatic power doors at the school. The campaign, led by Archer, raised an incredible $87,000, far more than originally planned, leading to the installation of five power doors, a new ramp and roof over the main doors.
But the campaign—and Archer—haven’t stopped. He has led the campaign at other schools, leading to the installation of 17 power doors at four schools, as well as a wheelchair ramp, roof and an accessible outdoor eating table at Austin High. In total, Archer has helped raise more than $112,000, as well as over $142,000 in in-kind gifts, in addition to nearly 12,000 volunteer hours from students and other supporters. And he’s done much, much more.