The desire to serve and volunteer seems to run in the family for Tyse Hipps. Brother Hipps, an Arizona native and a member of the Beverly Ward, Maricopa Stake, has been doing service ever since he was little.
His mother, Alesa Hipps, an early childhood special education teacher with Mesa Public Schools, would often have him helping with class activities and teaching games at O’Connor Elementary School. He has worked keeping score with the Special Olympics and has also helped with the Child Crisis Center. While attending Westwood High School, he worked with the Little Warriors After School Club at Emerson Elementary School, assisting with Math Facts, the Constellations, the States and other learning activities.
When he was 15, he started searching for a possible Eagle Scout project idea. His grandmother, Suzanne Hipps, had previously worked at A New Leaf, a community nonprofit that supports families and individuals in crisis. She suggested that helping their organization might be a good idea. Because it was right around the holiday season, Tyse decided to put together a food drive service project.
“I got around 50 full grocery bags of food,” says Tyse. “It was so inspiring to see how willing people were to donate. I even got about five bags full of toys donated, which were not requested, simply because it was around the Christmas holidays.”
A school counselor mentioned that service hours always look good on applications and résumés, so he decided to go back and volunteer to help again.
“That’s when I got hooked,” says Tyse, “and eight months later I was still coming back, every Monday after school. I delivered bread to the shelter, toys to the after school program, and whatever they needed to have done. During track season, from February through April, my volunteering duties would sometimes coincide with practice, but my coach was willing to work with me as long as I showed up to work out later.”
Tyse was recently awarded the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for 2015 – 2016 from A New Leaf during the foundation’s April 20th Board, Volunteer and Donor Recognition luncheon, a yearly award and appreciation banquet.
“Whether it’s lifting things up to high shelves or moving heavy items, Tyse is an extremely hard worker and a very respectful gentleman,” says Bridget Talty, volunteer and philanthropy coordinator. “He has been a wonderful help to A New Leaf.”
Having recently graduated from Westwood High School, Tyse’s next course of action in the field of service a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He submitted his papers last spring to go on a mission, and received his mission call letter this past June. He will report to the MTC in late July and will be serving a foreign mission in the Seoul Korea Mission.