2012-10 - Tayler Boardman-Kelly

Stephen Carroll of Johnston, RI has lived his life in a wheelchair, born with Cerebral Palsy. His family raised him to be independent and through the years Stephen has overcome many obstacles. He wanted to attend his senior prom, but didn’t have anyone to go with.

When 16 year old Tayler Boardman-Kelly a junior from North Providence, RI heard that Stephen had no one to go with she immediately wanted to be his date. If you ask Tayler she will say her gesture is not a big deal, but this act of metta went viral. When students at Stephen's school found out he was going to prom, they became inspired and spread even more metta. Unbeknownst to Stephen, they created the Stephen Nation Twitter account urging fellow students to nominate Stephen Prom King. Nearly everyone voted for Stephen.

On October 7th the Metta Student Foundation made Tayler and Stephen the first recipients of the Metta Grant.