In November 2014, Tracy Stayton embarked on a life-changing, year of service that would bring her to 25 countries and 6 continents. 34tunate, the project she organized, gave her the opportunity to focus on the “haves” instead of the “have-nots.” She was free to make changes; in herself and the world. Free to leave behind the empty pining of a Rolex and be thankful for a Timex. Free to give back to others unconditionally and truly feel fortunate.
Over the course of the year, Tracy participated in 34 service projects ranging from volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah to conducting HIV education in Tanzania to helping with Habitat for Humanity in Paraguay. Her list of projects is extensive and she has many stories to share. A few stuck out in her mind: “In Guatemala I worked on a project based on Earth Ship building where all structures are built out of trash and other upcycled materials. They are building a school and solving a trifecta of local issues by teaching the children traditionally in the school (education), teaching the local community about the importance of recycling and how to build this way (waste management), and employing locals to build and each (economy). I helped them secure a $100,000 grant!”
Leadership Tomorrow is proud to call Tracy an alumni and encourages class members to become involved in their community. It’s about remembering what makes us 4tunate, no matter our circumstances!