Joe Kaprielian, now a freshman at Standford University, founded his own non-profit organization, Joe’s Organization for Youth (JOY) at the age of 16.
Growing up as a resident of Montebello and attending school in Pico Rivera, Joe’s grandfather taught him the importance of giving back to those in need. With the help of community partners and his family, Joe founded his organization, JOY at the age of 16. JOY’s mission is to help foster the individuality of underprivileged youth so that they have the necessary tools to pursue their passions.
For the past several years, JOY has provided thousands of toys during the holiday season to children in Montebello, Pico Rivera, Norwalk and Bell Gardens. JOY has partnered with organizations such as Heart of Compassion and is dedicated to fostering the creativity of young people, especially those who do not have the economic means to do so. Joe has ensured that all youth, including those who are pursuing the arts or require special needs, have the tools to pursue their dreams. Joe also regularly visits children at orphanages, both locally and abroad. More recently, Joe visited Armenia where he provided winder clothing for the children of an Armenian orphanage.
For these reasons, Joe is selected for the month of April’s #Pride58 award.