Lydian Academy Pupil Named an Honoree for the 2021 Barron Prize

Revealed: Oct. 19, 2021 at 2:09 PM EDT|Up to date: 57 minutes in the past

MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Seventeen-year-old Shay Patel, a Lydian Academy pupil from Atherton, California, has been named an honoree of the 2021 Gloria Barron Prize for Younger Heroes. The Barron Prize celebrates younger leaders who’ve made a major constructive impression on individuals, their communities, and the surroundings.

Lydian Pupil and Philanthropist, Shay Patel

Shay was chosen for his unimaginable work serving to underserved youth. He based Alley-Oop Youngsters to supply athletic tools and constructive sports activities experiences to youngsters within the U.S. and world wide.

Shay was impressed to start out his program at simply 11 years previous after noticing that basketball gamers at his native Boys & Women Membership did not have the gear they wanted. He resolved to assist, elevating $6,000 to buy new footwear, uniforms, and balls for all 50 gamers.

Shay attends Lydian Academy, a one-of-a-kind Silicon Valley-based college that encourages college students to establish and harness their distinctive strengths and talents.

“Shay’s unimaginable work and dedication are an inspiration to our workers and oldsters alike,” says Jonathan Frecceri, Lydian Academy CEO. “Everybody at Lydian Academy is extraordinarily happy with Shay. His unwavering dedication to serving to others is a testomony to our mission of serving to college students develop into global-minded residents.”

In six years, Shay’s nonprofit has raised greater than $50,000 and impacted over 20,000 youngsters globally. He has constructed partnerships with the native college district, nonprofits, faculties in India, and the NBA.

In the course of the pandemic, Shay launched Alley-Oop App to attach individuals with further sports activities gear (and gently used laptops for digital education) with those that wanted it.

“I’ve realized that actual development occurs exterior of 1’s consolation zone—and normally after extra ‘noes’ than ‘yeses,'” says Shay. “Although I’ve impacted a lot of youngsters, I will not be glad till all kids have the chance to play sports activities and get an training.”

Annually simply 25 younger individuals—15 high winners and 10 honorees—are chosen for the Barron Prize. In 2021, Shay was one of many few chosen from greater than 700 candidates throughout the US and Canada.

About Lydian Academy

Lydian Academy is a one-of-a-kind college serving center and highschool college students in Silicon Valley. Lydian’s mission is to develop younger individuals with energetic and inventive minds by nurturing their innate joys of studying via genuine educational success.

Lydian gives an modern studying method that works for a broad vary of learners. College students develop a powerful sense of goal, inserting them on a path to turning into a part of a accountable world citizenry. At Lydian, college students are supplied with the area to develop academically, mentally, and emotionally. To study extra about Lydian Academy, go to

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