Alexander Kaye, a second year student at the University of Central Florida, is a member of the UCF LEAD Scholars Academy, a selective leadership development program that focuses on academics, leadership and community service. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA while being involved in multiple co-curricular activities, including the Pre-Med American Medical Student Association, intramural sports and peer mentorship for the LEAD Scholars Academy, which assists first-year students in their transition to the university.
Upon learning of the critical need for clean socks among the homeless population, he contacted Bombas Socks, a company that donates socks to social change agents and non-profits. He then joined forces with Hearts for the Homeless, a student organization that helps provide free blood pressure readings to the homeless population, to distribute nearly 2,000 pairs of donated socks. On the strength of this initiative, he was named one of 12 UCF students invited to the 2020 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) program in Edinburgh, Scotland. Alexander exemplifies servant leadership and scholarship. His empathetic nature, warmth and drive to address public health issues make him a role model for civic engagement and an outstanding example of responsible leadership.
On Christmas Day in 2018, my family and I volunteered at a church through an outstanding organization called Meals with Meaning in South Florida. We served meals to homeless and low-income families. From this experience, my view on life has taken a drastic change. After having conversations with some people of the underserved population, I discovered that they were in desperately need of socks. For the rest of my winter break, I took it upon myself to create a change and start a sock drive for the South Florida community. When I got back to UCF, I emailed the dean of students and inquired about the percentage of students that are homeless. When provided the numbers, I was astonished to see there is a significant amount of students that attend UCF who are homeless. In the spring semester, I was able to donate 300 pairs of socks and 10 pairs of shoes. Additionally, I sent an email to Bombas, a sock company whose social mission is “one purchased = one donated,” looking for a donation. They sent 1750 pairs of socks that has since been distributed, through several organizations, to help the financially insecure.