Congratulations to senior Zachary Wilkins for being named to Gambit’s 40 under 40 list. Zach was recognized for his work as the Founder and Executive Director of Remedy Ribbons, a nonprofit that supports the mental health needs of health care workers. Zach was the only person under the age of 20 to make the list. If you’d like to learn more about the work Zach is doing or would like to donate to the cause, please visit www.remedyribbons.org.
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Zachary Wilkins, 17
Founder and executive director, Remedy Ribbons | remedyribbons.org
When his schoolwork slowed down this spring, Zachary Wilkins couldn’t stand to stay home and be idle. The Lusher Charter School student began researching different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and was immediately drawn to articles about how hospitals across the country expected to see health care workers grapple with mental health issues because of the added stress.
“I knew that I wanted to help in any way that I could,” he says.
The result is Remedy Ribbons, a nonprofit that focuses on raising money and awareness for the mental health needs of frontline health care workers. Through its website, the organization raises funds for mental wellness programs for health care workers. Wilkins and volunteers have also tied light blue ribbons in public areas around New Orleans to show their solidarity and support.
“My whole life, I have been a keen believer in the strength of a community,” he says. “I love that I have gotten the opportunity to form a community of New Orleanians that truly want to help our health care workers just as I do.” — AMANDA McELFRESH