Katy Teenage Humanitarian Starts Community Service Academy


By Natalie Cook Clark

A nationally-recognized teenage humanitarian took service to a new level by creating a student-run community service academy. This month, Lauren Forney leads 25 students across Katy to collect scarves to help keep homeless people warm during the winter months.

Inspiring Others to Serve by Working Together

15-year old Lauren Forney inspires others to share her passion for community service. The Taylor High School sophomore actually founded her own student-run community service organization, working together to prove that anyone can make a difference in the world, especially students.

Inspired by Parents Humanitarianism

Lauren recalls when she was first inspired to help others. She was only four years old. She and her family were at their old church in Dallas on Thanksgiving. Young Lauren watched as members of the congregation handed out food and toiletries to homeless people.

"I went with my parents and when I saw my Dad handing out some donations to a homeless man I was just amazed," says Lauren. "I am an only child so I had the mentality that everything was about me. After I saw my parents serving I new that I wanted to do that."

Making Gifts for Senior Citizens

From that moment, Lauren wanted to serve others. She started making gifts to give to the elderly at the church - making candy, paper fans, flower pens and sun visors for their senior ministry summer trips.

“She was proud to hand out her gifts on Sundays and the senior members looked forward to her visiting with them each week,” says her mother, Lisa Forney. “She spends time back in Dallas every summer and she still to this day will take something to share with the senior members of the church and visit the sick and shut-in