HHCA student hopes her service initiative is a beginning to an end

Hilton Head Christian Academy student Gracen Denton is already admired for her artistic talents, academics and generosity. So it was no surprise when she recently launched a service initiative. Gracen is now handcrafting stylish necklaces to promote awareness and funding for an end to human trafficking. Fittingly, her inspiration was Hilton Head Christian alum Tierney Short, who graduated in 2004 and now works with The International Justice Mission.

Gracen first learned about the issue of human trafficking four years ago, when her mother told her about the End It movement and raised her awareness of modern day slavery. Her logo and name, G on the X, came from knowing that a time comes for everyone to take their place and stand up for something. When it comes to crafting her necklaces, Gracen said, "my mom and I make the necklaces together. I have always tried to make new things and be creative."

The End It movement has become very important to her. "I realized that slavery is still a huge thing. In fact, there are 27 million people in some sort of slavery. No one should own another person. It is real and it is wrong," she said.

At just 11 years old, Gracen is already giving her time and talents for a greater purpose. “I hope that people wear the necklaces and start a conversation about slavery.”  

As for what she wants to do when she’s older, Gracen isn’t sure. "I don't have a clue what I want to be,” she said. “I just want to stand up for what I believe in."

Gracen’s necklaces are $15 and can be purchased by emailing gonthex@gmail.com. A portion of the proceeds go to an End It affiliate.