FROGS: Friends Reaching Our Goals

By: Will Lourcey

Poverty , Activist

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America struggles with hunger. That's 15.3 million children under 18 -- just in the United States. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating to children who need to intake proper nutrition in order to thrive. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), adverse effects of food insecurity includes pooer health and a greater tendency toward depression and suicidal thoughts compared with food-secure children.

Hunger doesn't discriminate; it affects all ages, every ethnic group, every religion. That's why I created FROGs -- which is an acronym for Friends Reaching Our Goals.  We are purposed to fight hunger by providing over 200,000 meals to the hungry and educating kids on making healthy food choices.  

At the same time, our goal is to inspire kids to make a positive impact in communities.

FROGs mission is to inspire, empower and mobile youth to make a positive impact in communities.  We get kids involved with fighting hunger by designing fun events. Our motto is: Having Fun while Helping Others! We are empowering the kids to know we ALL can make our world a better place. It doesn't matter what you look like, what zip code you live in...we all have the power to help others!

I use my voice sharing my story about how one little kid can make a big difference. I've spoken to thousands of people and live streamed my message to over a million people. I plan on using my voice to show kids everywhere that we all can make a positive impact. All you need to do is act!

By showing kids community service is fun, they will volunteer more and grow up to be adults who make a positive impact! Examples of our fun events include:

  • Hit Hunger a dodgeball tournament
  • Hits & Kicks Against Hunger - soccer & baseball events
  • Game Over for Childhood Hunger - a video game truck party event

 

Team Members

  • William Lourcey

    Founder + CEO

    When I was 7 years old in 2010, I saw a man on a street corner holding a sign that read NEED A MEAL. I asked my parents what it meant. It made me sad inside to learn there were hungry people in my community and all across the world. I knew I needed to act! Since that day, I've made it my mission to end hunger in my community by leading youth to make a positive impact in the world. We ALL have the ability to make our world a better place.

Impact

Advice for my peers

Jan. 15, 2016

I founded FROGs when I was 7 years old and there were some adults who questioned if a kid could really make a difference in the fight against hunger. 

When I was 9-years old, a magazine did a story on me entitled "Will Power." Though my name works best for this play on words, I do believe that each of us has the power to make a difference.   One of my favorite expressions is, "No matter how tall or small you are, you can make a BIG difference!"  I have always believed in this and have never let my age or anything else stop me from doing good.

More importantly, I've learned that most people are willing to help if you just ask. You need to ACT! Be a Doer, not a watcher. Don't sit back and wait for others to right a wrong.

When I was 7 years old and saw the man on the street corner, I could have looked the other way and let someone else help. I didn't! I decided to be the one who acted. The one who gathered friends, the one who started small and has since provided 200,000 meals for the hungry. I've learned that little kids can make big differences. We've changed the face of volunteerism in our community and are using our voices to inspire others to change their communities.

I like to tell other youth to: See a Need, Make a Plan, Gather Friends and Change the World!

FROGs Dinner Club

Jan. 14, 2016

FROGs Dinner Club is a monthly event where we go into Boys & Girls Clubs and provide the kids a healthy meal.  So far, FROGs has provided over 200,000 meals for the hungry and will continue to battle hunger moving forward. FROGs has also motivated thousands of kids to become doers and take action to make their community a better place.


After serving the kids, we then lead them in a service project so they can learn that anyone can make a positive impact on the world.

In 3 - 5 years, FROGs seeks to expand to other Boys & Girls Clubs across Texas and surrounding states reaching thousands of kids.

Why I Stop Hunger

June 8, 2014

CNN Heroes Awards

Dec. 9, 2012


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