HEPHZIBAH, GA (WFXG) - This week on High 5 4 Kids, we're introducing you to a rising sixth-grader who is heading to the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. But she had to get creative to pay the steep $2,100 price tag.
There's never a dull moment in the Kendrick household. And then there's eleven-year-old Jaiden. Her family knows this rising sixth-grader as someone who refuses not to try her best.
"I think a lot of people get to see a serious side but we get a chance to see a silly side. She sings, she dances, makes funny faces," says Olympia Kendrick. The side her mother Olympia refers to is the one that sets her apart from her classmates. This A-B student has a heart to help the helpless, so it's not surprising she wants to be a lawyer one day
"I like to help people who are innocent not being charged for something they didn't do," says Jaiden Harris.
Her fifth-grade teacher nominated her several months ago for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC. Mom knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime. "I knew that if I had to get a second job or however it was when I saw the amount I said you're going.'"
That's when the idea came about to start selling snacks, drinks, and much more inside of her grandfather's salon. Jaiden raised more than $1,000 for the trip.
"It feels good to know that I always have someone there for me." And while some kids may look at it as a vacation, Jaiden has different plans. "I get to work with new people and it's going to be people from around the world. So I will get a chance to meet people with different cultures."
And she hopes this isn't a one-time shot. One day, she wants to take another trip up north. "I want to go to Yale and Yale has a great ivy league law school," she says,
Harris will be heading to the conference this week so we wish her the best of luck as it's her first time out of the CSRA.