The year was 1968 and a young Noah Henderson was already learning the importance of community involvement and the value of individuals.
"It was kind of instilled in me at an early age," says Noah. His mother and aunt worked for Greater Jacksonville Economic Opportunity and Noah liked to tag along.
"This was definitely something I wanted to do," he says. "Giving back is very important."
That desire to give back has lead him to many jobs that aid our community like his role at Leadership Jacksonville.
According to Isabelle Spence, "He has worked every year tirelessly, doing everything from serving on the board of directors down to picking materials and moving them if we needed them moved. He's served as a role model for our youth."
Noah also volunteers with FCCJ, the Jaguars Foundation, and The Bridge a place where the focus is helping kids. Noah says that he is always surprised to see kids being successful after some of the issues they have to face, including challenges they have at home. Davy Parrish, President and CEO of The Bridge of NE Florida, says," Noah looks for the good in people and he is constantly working to bring out that good."
Through his life of service Noah has learned that the future of any community rests on its young. Philip Mobley, a friend of Noah says, "He realized the value of mentoring young people and he does that well." According to Isabelle Spence, "He's really leaving a future legacy."
What motivates him to give so much? Noah says that "Seeing others involved, seeing our community going in the right direction, being inclusive, people connecting, and being better citizens."
"It would be great if we had a 100 more Noah's," says Philip Mobley.
For his successful hands on approach to building the future of Jacksonville First Coast News is proud to honor Noah Henderson as one of 12 Who Care.
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