Chase Hartman of Tampa, Florida is a community changemaker, youth leader and “kidpreneur” dedicated to finding solutions to some of the toughest challenges in our country.
Seventeen-year-old Chase co-founded a non-profit called Eco Brothers and an award-winning book distribution project called “read.repeat.”. Focusing his efforts on improving literacy rates, he’s collected and distributed more than 220,000 books and impacted the lives of more than 65,000 students in Hillsborough County, Florida. Chase champions the need for more books-with-diversity and dual language books in local Title-1 schools and has worked to raise more than $120,000 to improve literacy annd run environmnetal projects in his state.
Chase enjoys the challenges of leadership opportunities and served as Senior Patrol Leader in Boy Scout Troop 46, where he also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. For the service project required for this respected rank, he designed and planted a butterfly garden at his former elementary school and purchased butterfly habitats for each classroom to learn more about the importance of the declining monarch butterfly. He’s attended leadership workshops through Boy Scouts with the National Youth Leadership Training and also at American University with the National Student Leadership Conference.
An honor student, Chase is a member of attended the American legion Boys State Conference and received the Samsung Scholarship. He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and is Co-President of Student Government at his high school. Chase’s academic and community service efforts have been recognized by the Dr. Ben Carson Scholar Fund which awarded him as a Carson Scholar. Chase is a Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Team Community Hero of Tomorrow recipient, Florida’s Prudential Spirit of the Community Honoree, Points of Light Youth Advisory Council member and was also recognized by the EPA as a President’s Environmental Youth Award winner.
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