As he approaches his junior year at Kennesaw State University, Terrell has spent his summer working part-time at Lowe’s and also working for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Feeding Program held locally in Bartow County. On Aug. 3, his project Bartow Give a Kid a Chance is expected to continue to grow exponentially and serve around 2,000 underprivileged children by providing them with a backpack, school supplies, a T-shirt, haircut and health screenings at no charge.
“I was always taught to treat the misfortunate better and help the misfortunate as much as you can with the blessings that you’ve been given, which is why I wanted to start Bartow Give a Kid a Chance,” Terrell said.
Name: Miles Terrell
Occupations/titles: Part-time customer service associate for Lowe’s; full-time student at KSU; pitching coach for the 14-and-under Bartow Bullets
Family: Mother, Kim Terrell; father, Terry Terrell; and brother, Trey Terrell
City of residence: White
What inspired you to begin Bartow Give a Kid a Chance?
A: Well, for one, I have an absolute passion for helping others; no matter what it may be, I am always willing to help. I was trying to decide what to do for my Eagle Scout project and I found out about the Give A Kid A Chance Program through my aunt’s church, and I realized this is what God has planned for me. So, to answer the question, my passion for helping others and answered prayers is what inspired me to begin this amazing program.
What are you studying at KSU and why are you interested in that particular subject?
A: I am currently studying Geographic Information Science. This subject interests me because it deals with cartography (mapping), which is something I have always enjoyed doing, and also computer science, which I have always had a knack for.
Do you have plans for after you graduate?
A: After I graduate, my plan/dream would be to work either for the CIA or NASA and to travel. These are some things I’ve always wanted to do since I was a young child and still are to this day.
When you aren’t in school or at work, what do you like to do in your free time?
A: I love to fish, workout, kick it with my friends, play sports and just live life to the fullest.
BGAKAC has been very successful and I understand you are an Eagle Scout. What do you enjoy about community service through BGAKAC and Scouting?
A: What I enjoy most is, like I mentioned earlier, being able to help others, and being able to see the heart-warming smiles of the adults and children I am honored to help. Also, meeting the substantial amount of people who are willing to volunteer is something I really enjoy. Just to know how many people are actually willing to help is a great thing. That’s when you know God is doing something amazing.
Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?
A: The Bridge United Methodist Church, the lake behind my house and wherever my friends and family are.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Keep my faith in God strong, never cease prayer, give thanks to Him always, and never give up no matter how hard things get.
Do you have a personal philosophy?
A: Do everything to the best of my ability, and do it right the first time.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
A: I used to be self-conscious about myself and really shy, but I found God and He has helped me overcome my insecurities and has blessed me in more ways than I can count. To God be the glory.