Christopher Weaver, a senior at The Lovett School, is recognized for being a leader in his school, the surrounding communities, and through starting his own nonprofit, American Heroes for Hire. Not only is he a social entrepreneur and a hard-working student, Christopher is recognized by Brian Howard, Lovett’s associate director of college counseling, as being “one of the most respectful and considerate students you will encounter at Lovett.”

Christopher Weaver and his mother, Connie, at the GivingPoint Institute’s Sparks event in May.

Christopher began American Heroes for Hire through the GivingPoint Institute, an organization in Atlanta that “takes students with certain passions, and provides to them the resources so that they can do positive things in, and for, their communities.”

Christopher said he started American Heroes for Hire because he “recognized a major problem that was and still is plaguing the country: veteran unemployment.” His passion for this issue comes from his experiences of working with homeless shelters and veterans organization through his church and Lovett. To solve this issue, American Heroes for Hire will put on monthly job-readiness fairs for military veterans to prepare them for the civilian workforce.

“The events contain everything from resume building, interview prep, proper attire-fitting, to even working with a search firm to schedule interviews where the veteran would be more likely to receive the position,” explains Christopher. The nonprofit’s first event is planned for this summer.

In addition to spearheading the foundation of American Heroes for Hire, Christopher is very active in his school community.

Along with starting American Heroes for Hire, Christopher plays football and throws shot-put/discus for The Lovett School. He plays the tuba in the concert band, and is an active member of Vestry, Speech and Debate, Model Arab League, National Honors Society and the Student Service Board. He is also an admissions ambassador at The Lovett School.

Christopher has also been honored for his service at his school. He was the recipient of 2016’s Brig. Gen. Burke Whitman Service Award, awarded to a “servant leader” in each grade.

“Prior to entering Lovett’s Upper School, he received the Paul Bright Service Award in 8th grade for sustained service-leadership throughout his three years of middle school,” notes Howard.

Originally from Alabama, Christopher calls himself “a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan.” He also enjoys deer hunting in the winter.

Christopher’s goal for college is to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. If he does not attend West Point, Christopher still plans on participating in ROTC at the college he attends. Christopher plans on having a career in the military after graduating from college. Further down the road, he also hopes to earn an MBA and a law degree when he begins his transition back into the civilian workforce. Christopher plans to continue American Heroes for Hire while in college and in the future. Lovett has also offered to fully support his organization as well.

To find out more about American Heroes for Hire, visit americanheroesforhire.org.

This article was reported and written by Olivia Koenig, a rising junior at Riverwood International Charter School.