Meet the 2010 Awardees
San Diego State University
Justin W. Hanson was raised in a single-parent home where his mother struggled financially to keep his family together. When Justin was 12, a youth pastor emotionally and physically abused him. Then, a few years later, he lost his father to alcohol abuse. It was this abuse and tragedy that resulted in Justinís passion for advocating for children and the environment. Today, he is a senior at San Diego State University studying sustainability and environmental studies with a minor in leadership development.
Justin works with youth at The La Jolla Childrenís School as a Kidís Club teacher and volunteers for WiLDCOAST and the Surfrider Foundation. He also serves as a Green Campus intern and is involved on campus as an executive board member of e3ĖThe Enviro-Business Society.
Justin plans to get his real estate brokerís license to support and continue to develop a nonprofit organization designing sustainable building practices. He also wants to be an advocate to end child abuse.