Rebecca Riley, President, Key Club International
The Challenge: Attending conventions for the high school service organization, whose members raise money for charity, can cost up to $1,000, including travel and lodging. "Key Clubbers who've done so much for the group can't afford it," Riley says.
How She Tackled It: The then 17-year-old from Homewood, Alabama, sought corporate support and, thanks to a family friend, wound up making a 30-minute pitch to a Walmart executive and winning a $25,000 grant last February.
The Happy Result: Thirty-three club districts received part of the grant before this year's convention in Orlando. "My first convention made me fall in love with Key Club," Riley says. "I wanted to make sure more people experience the organization the way I did." —Claire Schmidt