ABC7 honored Danny Mendoza, the founder of Together We Rise, along with four other honorees with the Jefferson Award for Public Service on April 25, 2012 at the ABC7 headquarters in Glendale, CA. The Jefferson award recognizes individuals who contribute their works to public and community services. Danny received the local award for Los Angeles thanks to his work in improving the lives of foster youth.
Danny was honored with this award because of the change he has created in the foster care system. His mission is to bring a sense of normalcy and belonging to children in foster care. In doing so, he has encouraged many young adults to volunteer with Together We Rise to give back to their communities. ABC7 interviewed Danny at McKinley Children’s Center on April 14 after enjoying a fun day of dodgeball with the kids. The interview aired on ABC7’s Eyewitness News on Sunday, April 22. Check it out here: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=8631844