Megan Johnson is pursuing a nursing degree and her passion for making the lives of others better at Oregon Health Science University in Portland Oregon. She is the founder of and CEO of Megan’s Mission, a non-profit organization that provides help for the homeless and others in need. After being bullied and terribly harassed in school, Megan knew what it was like to be made to feel unworthy so she started this organization in 2001, at the tender young age of ten, because she wanted the homeless to know that someone cared about them. Now eleven years later, she has over 50 volunteers that help her pass out sleeping bags, coats, hats and socks, make blankets and take other supplies to those living on the streets. She raises thousands of dollars every year through speaking engagements and her famous cider stand that runs through the Christmas season. Being able to raise enough money to get four homeless families off the streets and into their own homes is one of her proudest achievements.
In addition, Megan has also written and illustrated three children’s books and has donated over $10,000 from their sales to Shriners Hospital for Children where she has had many of her 28 surgeries for a facial disorder. Megan is also working with a committee in Washington D.C., Globe Changers, to help stop harassment in the schools. Her newest book, Growing Up Different, addresses this problem. She has been invited to read this book to children at various elementary schools. When Megan speaks at events, she always tell the young people, ”Never ever let anyone dictate how you will feel about yourself because no one can make you feel bad unless you give them that power!”
Megan has received four National Awards for her community service work, the VFW/Ladies Auxiliary National Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2010 Prudential’s National Spirit of Community Service Award, the 2011 National Jefferson Award for Community Service and Girl Scouts’ 2011 National Young Woman of Distinction Award.