ANDERSON — Despite misconceptions that Millennials are selfish and narcissistic, helping the community is all the rage for many members of the young generation, and one local organization is recognizing them.
Revealing A Generation of Excellence (RAGE) honored 14 people ages 18 to 35 on March 16 for their contributions to Madison County.
Coordinator LaKoya Rochell said RAGE was developed in Anderson nine months ago to introduce a younger generation that shows compassion and commitment.
“We formed so we can show it’s OK within our generation to praise God and focus on God,” she said. “…We’re encouraging a push to strive to be excellent, and also to motivate others in our age group that there are positive things they can be doing.”
Honorees included people of excellence in community, education, ministry of music and health. They gathered at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church earlier this month to be recognized.
Maureen Duncan, one of the community honorees, said she thinks her involvement in her church, tutoring and NAACP are among some of the reasons she was honored.
“It shows our work doesn’t go unnoticed,” she said. “So many times we think what we’re doing is just affecting the people around us and we don’t realize the full impact.”
Nurse practitioner Jessica Sparks was one of two locals recognized for community efforts in health. Sparks said RAGE recognizing her work in health care and giving back to the community brings everything together full circle.
“Giving back is the reason we’re made,” she said. “It’s one of the most important things we need to do. If you give back then you see the return, (and) if you invest in others then it will come back to you.”
RAGE has seven intentions: to live out the purpose, principles and practice of The Gospel of Jesus Christ; to collaborate in the development of global strategies for impact; to create a sisterhood that is ecumenical, interdisciplinary and global; to eradicate poverty, violence and sexism; to honor, restore and protect the planet; to practice, promote and increase wellness locally, nationally and globally; and to engage in prevailing prayer, intercession and mediation.