Youth Alliance Awards
Thank you to those that attended The 23rd Annual Celebration of the Fox Cities Youth Recognition Program!
Congratulations to the 2016 Youth Alliance Award Nominees and Winners!
The Youth Alliance Awards presentation is one of the Volunteer Center's signature events. This awards presentation was started in 1994 by a group of representatives that worked with amazing youth that they wanted to highlight and thank for all the service they provide in our community.
The structure has not changed much since that first event. The Fox Cities Youth Service Award is presented to one individual and one youth group in recognition of service to the Fox Cities community. The awards seek to recognize the spirit of volunteerism, as found in future leaders of our community, and to encourage young people and adults to take hold of that same spirit in their own lives. All individuals and organizations throughout the Valley are encouraged to nominate any youth or youth group who has demonstrated a commitment to helping others and has succeeded in positively impacting the lives of others during the period from the January of the previous year to the nomination period prior to the spring event.
The Fox Cities Youth Service Award is presented to one individual and one youth group in recognition of service to the Fox Cities community. The awards seek to recognize the spirit of volunteerism, as found in future leaders of our community, and to encourage young people and adults to take hold of that same spirit in their own lives. All individuals and organizations throughout the Valley are encouraged to nominate any youth or youth group who has demonstrated a commitment to helping others and has succeeded in positively impacting the lives of others.
All 2016 individual nominees:
Elise Mae Henke
Thomas Kiesnowski II
Congratulations to the individual winner, Katrina Mazier. Katrina has bravely taken her own story of being a suicide survivor to create awareness of the problem of teen suicide. Through presentations to schools, church groups as well as at community events held by Catalpa Health and Center for Suicide Awareness, she has helped to bring to light information to help prevent suicide. Katrina has been a key note speaker at a number of events held by both Catalpa Health and the Center for Suicide Awareness. She has also developed a Facebook page, Teens of Tomorrow - Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness which she regularly updates with information and inspiration. She coordinated an awareness day at her high school and middle school and raised $500 to donate to Catalpa Health. She also had an awareness blanket tying event to celebrate her one year anniversary of survivorship by having friends join her in crafting and donating 17 blankets which were donated to the Adolescent Mental Health floor at St. Elizabeth Hospital, one blanket for each bed on the floor.
All 2016 group nominees:
Appleton East Key Club
Appleton East PEERS
Jesus-n-Company (Good Shepard Catholic Church-Chilton)
KHS Civic Engagement (Kaukauna High School)
PEER Helpers (McKinley Elementary School-Appleton)
Senior Members of Chazoo Warriors (Holy Spirit Parish-Kimberly)
Congratulations to the group winner, PEER Helpers (McKinley Elementary School-Appleton). Abby, Guss, Josie and Will are volunteers that attend McKinley Elementary School. The students volunteer for the Peer Helpers Program, along with Peer Mentors. The students have been or are currently also involved in Student Council, Art Club, the school play, Fuel up to Play 60, etc. The students nominated donate two recesses a week to assist with kindergarten students during their physical education time. These four volunteers work at stations and help the students with their coordination, fine motor skills as well as being positive role models. They not only shine as Peer Helpers they are also involved in the Peer Mentor program at McKinley. As a mentor they are paired with a younger student with whom they have lunch and recess together twice a month.