ASU's Timothy Huffman, a graduate student in the Hugh Downs School of Communication, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been chosen to receive the 2012 MLK Student Servant-Leadership award for his work with homeless and at-risk teens.

The cause is particularly close to his heart, as Huffman intentionally chose to be homeless for six months of his life to gain a greater understanding of the world and himself.

Upon moving to Arizona to attend ASU, Huffman decided to get involved with StandUp for Kids, a national outreach nonprofit that works to rescue at-risk and homeless youth.

After volunteering his time with StandUp for Kids Phoenix, he decided to create StandUp for ASU to spread awareness among college students and impact the surrounding community.

As an organization, StandUp for ASU actively provides food, water, clothing and hygiene products to those living on the streets and in homeless shelters. On the weekends, those in need also may take advantage of two safe houses in downtown Phoenix where they can do laundry, eat a hot meal, shower and conduct job searches on the Web.

Although he does not know where and what he will be doing in the future, Huffman states positively that he will continue to seek solutions to the greatest challenges his community faces.

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