Civic Engagement

2013

Lorena believes small actions make a huge difference and that if you want to make a sustainable change in a community you must connect with individuals regardless of whether or not they are affected by an issue. Her Blueprint, the 24 Plus 1 project, started as a way to celebrate her birthday and eventually challenged her community to create 24 random acts of kindness or projects before her birthday. Each project would provide a message to raise awareness about an issue in Orlando, FL. The last would be on Lorena’s birthday and bring together all the twenty-four projects that were done before then. 24 Plus 1 is a different approach to service and engagement by using social innovation as the key to establishing solid relationships. Each project and idea is innovative, realistic, affordable and uplifting. The 24 Plus 1 Project creates a network in Orlando that inspires young leaders to go forth into their communities and challenge social issues while building service projects to create a social change.