Difference Makers is a student founded student run organization, founded in 2009 by a group of Takoma Park Middle School students .
The club is currently primarily an after-school student service program at Takoma Park Middle School but the vision is to begin to expand the program to other schools. The club has grown from about 40 members in the 2009 – 2010 school year to approximately 160 members this current school year. Our expansion is only limited to our resources. During our first 5 years of operation we have never raised money for the organization itself all fundraising has been to assist other organizations. A primary example of this is that during the past 6 years Difference Makers has raised over $60,000 for the Maryland Special Olympics
The mission of the organization is to make a difference in the world at all community levels (Local, National, and International). Members understand that the small things do matter, and that these small things can dramatically impact lives. Members understand that it is important to develop the leadership, scholarship, and citizenship of our youth, this is why these are the three pillars upon which Difference Makers has been built and on which it continues to grow and develop.
The organizational objectives are as follows:
To practice and promote good citizenship in the home, school, community and nation.To promote high standards of scholarship and conduct in the school.To serve those in need as all levels of the community.To develop leadership through unselfish service.To develop a positive altruistic attitudeTo maintain high academic standardsTo lead by exampleTo be a participator not a spectator