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University of Phoenix and HandsOn Network Recognize Kenneth Trinh as a University of Phoenix(TM) Volunteer Leader Award Honoree

University of Phoenix and HandsOn Network Recognize Kenneth Trinh as a University of Phoenix(TM) Volunteer Leader Award Honoree

Published 04-20-10

Submitted by Points of Light

Kenneth Trinh, of Oakland, CA has been named a University of Phoenix Volunteer Leader Award Honoree, an award given by HandsOn Network and the University of Phoenix to 10 outstanding volunteer leaders in the nation. These leaders motivate others and are catalysts for change in their communities.

The award celebrates the first anniversary of the landmark Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which authorized the largest expansion of national service in America in decades. Trinh will receive $10,000 to donate to the nonprofit organization of his choice.

As a University of California-Berkeley student, Kenneth Trinh joined OASES to help young adults overcome the same challenges he once faced. He sought to fulfill OASES' mission to create a sustainable community by "empowering students with limited resources through education, mentorship and service to strengthen the Oakland community."

Trinh grew up in an underserved community in Oakland. Only three out of more than 20 of his friends went to college; several dropped out well before high school graduation. Many youth in his community were involved with drugs, gangs, and violence.

Trinh started at OASES as a tutor in January, 2003. Since then he has contributed more than 3,500 volunteer hours as a tutor and Lead-Program Coordinator. Today, he serves as the youngest member of the Board of Directors for OASES, inspiring thousands of UC-Berkeley students, Oakland youth, their siblings and parents.

As a 2010 University of Phoenix Volunteer Leader, Kenneth Trinh gives underserved students a chance to be included in a supportive, empowering environment. His service helps provide them with a chance to learn, a chance to grow, and a chance to be a positive influence in the world.

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of February 28, 2010, 458,600 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit

About HandsOn Network
HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at about $600 million. For more information, please visit

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