Farmington Hills teen wins Governor’s Service Award

Chintan Maheshwari
Chintan Maheshwari (State of Michigan)

Farmington Hills teen Chintan Maheshwari, co-founder of the Key2Finesse mentoring initiative, has been named among the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards Youth Volunteers of the Year.

The winners include individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

“This year’s winners have inspiring stories. They have made a tremendous impact on the lives of others through their service,” Snyder said. “I am extremely grateful for the contributions they have made for Michigan and am honored to recognize their incredible accomplishments.”

Maheshwari has invested the past three years to mentoring the youth of Detroit through Key2Finesse. He conducts free workshops for middle and high schoolers, focused on improving confidence and self-esteem, along with handling rejection.

Through the organization, Maheshwari conducted speech competitions, which also served as fundraisers for local charities. The first competition raised $2,800 for people who could not heat their homes during the winter, and the second raised $8,185 for equipment to help babies born with weak lungs in underdeveloped countries.

Key2Finesse also raised $37,500 for “Blessings in a Backpack”, which provides food for children who get meals during the week at school but go hungry during weekend. The funds went toward feeding 375 Michigan students for every weekend in the entire school year.

Maheshwari also finds time to volunteer outside his organization, serving on the Jain Society of Greater Detroit board, tutoring and mentoring.

“Chintan is a trustworthy, reliable and good-humored student, volunteer and true leader,” said Nitin Shashikant, director of the Pioneer Medical Research Foundation. “We are lucky to have him as a volunteer who believes in our cause.”

The Governor’s Service Awards winners will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission on Tuesday, June 5, at the Wharton Center in East Lansing.

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