MEET JOY'S TEAM MEMBERS
Hello! My name is Drake Griffith, and I am the original founder of Project Spread Joy. I am currently a Sophomore at Georgia Tech. I was born in Princeton, New Jersey, but I call North Carolina home as I moved to Kannapolis when I was three years old. Community service is my passion. I was awarded the Presidential Community Service Award in 2019, and I have volunteered in past summers to intern for both NC Governor Roy Cooper and US Congressman Richard Hudson. Of special note, for the summers of 2018 and 2019, I have had the honor and privilege of participating as a one-on-one helper camper in the HUGS program (Helping Understand God through Sharing). Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of NC, HUGS offers special needs adults the opportunity to participate in the traditional summer camp experience. My passion for using my talents and resources to give back to my community led me to the idea and founding of the Spread JOY project in the spring of 2020. Project Spread JOY gives me an opportunity to give back to the world and to others.
THE PROJECT SPREAD JOY TEAM WISHES THE BEST OF LUCK TO DRAKE AT GEORGIA TECH!
Hi! My name is Harrison Powe. I was born in Huntersville, North Carolina, and have lived here my whole life. I helped Drake co-found Project Spread JOY in 2020 during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am currently a Sophomore at Brown University. Alongside my schoolwork, I am also a competitive swimmer. Being a competitive swimming requires 25 hours a week of training, 11 months out of the year, on top of my school work. Project Spread JOY gives me an opportunity to connect with older generations and make relationships with people much wiser and with more knowledge than me. It has made me see things from different perspectives which has helped me grow as a person.
THE PROJECT SPREAD JOY TEAM WISHES THE BEST OF LUCK TO HARRISON AT BROWN UNIVERSITY!
Hello! My name is Michael Wang, and I am a Senior at Cannon School in Concord NC. I lived in Illinois for 14 years and moved to North Carolina when I was a freshman. I believe in developing meaningful relationships through sports, activities, and service. I am on Cannon’s baseball and soccer teams and participate in our school’s musicals. I am also part of the Science Olympiad team and Cannon’s Clean Creek Club. This past summer, I was a part of PALS Programs’ Virtual Camp which brought people with Down syndrome and volunteers together.
Project Spread JOY not only gives volunteers an opportunity to grow and learn from their experiences, it also connects older adults and youth while creating positive, meaningful, and lasting relationships.
Social Media Specialist
Hi! My name is Zoe Griffith, and I am a Freshman at Cannon School in Concord, NC. Project Spread JOY is close to my heart as the organization was founded by my brother in honor of my grandmother. I have been a volunteer with JOY since its inception writing letters to seniors. I am very excited to take on the new JOY role of Social Media Specialist since Sydney Strauss graduated this past May.
Hi! I'm Bella Chiemprabha, and I'm excited to be part of Project Spread JOY. I love reading, writing, skiing, and running, and I look forward to helping my community!
Hello, I’m Leo Hu. I’m a Senior at TC Roberson High School in Asheville, NC. I was born in Columbus, Ohio, but have spent the majority of my life in Greenville, SC. I moved to NC at the beginning of 2021. My hobbies include tennis, coding, and reading. I’ve also started my own speech and debate program at my high school. I think Project Spread JOY is a great way for me to connect and contribute to my community. I look forward to working with you all!
Volunteer Recruitment & Coordination
Hi! My name is Avery Fawcett and I am a freshman at Cannon School in Concord NC. I am so excited to be a part of the team! I love to act, sing, run track, and meet new people! I am looking forward to making new relationships and making a positive impact on the community.
Hi! My name is Annabelle Eaton, and I'm a freshman at Cannon School in Concord, NC. I moved to Concord when I was 4 and have lived here ever since. I am on my school's cross country and track and field teams, and I have been part of varsity orchestra since 7th grade. I'm so excited to be part of Project Spread JOY and become more involved in my community
Hi! My name is Sydney Conklin. I am a freshman at Cannon School in Concord, NC. I participate in my school's musical each year. Along with doing musicals, I like to read and sing. I am in the varsity chorus at Cannon. I am excited to be part of the Project Spread JOY team and connect with people in my community this year