Jordan Blackwell is not only a responsible leader, he is on his way to becoming a Renaissance man. (Photo by Jacqueline McDonald)

Jordan Blackwell is not only a responsible leader, he is on his way to becoming a Renaissance man. (Photo by Jacqueline McDonald)

When a 15-year-old is held in such high regard that his own mother actually says, “Every day I learn so much from him,” you know he is special.

Such is the case of Jordan Blackwell, a 10th grader at City Charter High School who, along with doing well in academics, is a volunteer at Small Seeds Development Inc., a social service agency whose mission is supporting, strengthening, and sustaining families to build strong and safe communities.

Jordan Blackwell, who is currently enrolled in honors history and English, is remarkably prepared to be a leader for the next generation. He is described by others as having a keen sense of responsibility that belies his years, as a willing support and worker, and as a person who possesses a kind and generous attitude filled with humility.

He connected with the organization when his father, Eric Blackwell, came to work there as a program coordinator.

“I have never met any young person with such a fantastic attitude,” says Brittany Tonet, director of finance and development at Small Seeds. “He never hesitates to step up for any volunteer opportunity. He has been seen at everything we do, from our fundraising events to Comcast Cares Day.”

“I am moved by this young man because his humility and generous spirit set him apart,” shares Andrew Cheeseboro, chief executive officer at Small Seeds, recalling a challenging financial time for the agency when it lost some funding and could not keep its janitorial service.

“We were all amazed when Jordan stepped up and said he would come in on Saturdays and clean the bathrooms and take care of trash,” Cheeseboro says. “It is this kind of effort that is admirable. It speaks to character—one that will take him far.”

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