Zach is an example of character and heroism both on and off the racetrack. In addition to authoring a guide to growing up for his peers and heading up a safe driving school, Zach is involved in several charity efforts. He has focused his philanthropic efforts on the idea of youth helping youth and is involved in several different hot topics of his age group.
FocusDriven: Distracted Driving FocusDriven is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of cell phone-distracted driving and supporting victims and their families. As the national teen spokesperson for FocusDriven, 16-year-old Zach Veach takes the message of safe, distraction-free driving everywhere he goes – even on the racetrack. With Zach's help, FocusDriven and Oprah Winfrey's "No Phone Zone" have the support of 33 Indy 500 drivers, including Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves, CNN's Anderson Cooper and TLC's Paige Davis, all of who signed the "No Phone Zone" pledge. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has even honored Zach along with the Jonas Brothers and Jordan Sparks for their collective efforts to put an end to distractive driving. For more information on FocusDriven, please visit www.focusdriven.org.
Pencils of Promise: Pencils of Promise builds schools in the developing world and trains young leaders to take action at home and abroad. Zach is one such youth. He is currently organizing plans to play a significant role in the PoP effort to come up alongside of celebrities like Justin Bieber, whom has been a major supporter of the organization. For more information on Pencils of Promise, please visit www.pencilsofpromise.org.
Cyber Safety Academy: Bullying Zach understands the impact of bullying on kids and teenagers. In his 2011 book, 99 THINGS TEENS WISH THEY KNEW BEFORE TURNING 16, Zach talked of being bulled in school. In April 2011, Zach was the youngest panelist on Capital Hill as part of the American Public Health Association's annual celebration of National Public Health Week where he lobbied legislature for additional funding for schools to help combat bullying.
He works with the Cyber Safety Academy on a bullying challenge called the 'No Bull Challenge," where along with Dr. Oz's daughter Zoe, will appear in a PSA and be a celebrity judge for the contest. For more information on the Cyber Safety Academy and the "No Bull Challenge," please visit www.cybersafetyacademy.com.