Sparked by graduated Assisteens®, the New Generation Committee was formed to encourage these young adults to continue their philanthropic work. They developed a new program, Toiletries for Tucson Students, to supply students in need in the greater Tucson area with basic toiletries and hygiene products.
These young volunteers, who are just starting their academic or professional careers, raise funds and solicit in-kind donations to make up kits containing basic grooming and hygiene products. Our community has many adolescents and young adult students who cannot afford to purchase such supplies, and their self-esteem and academic performance suffer as a result. New Generation packages and delivers the kits to Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) elementary through high school pantries, and school representatives distribute them to students according to need. Future expansion of the program will help to ease the challenges of students who face ongoing economic pressures.