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Youth Alliance Awards

Youth Alliance Awards are presented each Spring!

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. 

 

 Youth Alliance Awards 2014

 

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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 Jan. 1, 2013 through March 15, 2014. The event was  held at Liberty Hall in Kimberly,WI. Bill Jartz from WBAY TV 2 was  the master of ceremonies. The event was sponsored by the Volunteer Center of East Central WI, Cellcom, Capital Credit Union, and Badger Plug.


The Fox Cities Youth Alliance 2014 Individual nominees:

Samir Abouzelam

Lauren Heimann

Jacob Mayville

Olivia Allen

Daniel Heimerl

Marlene Moya

Eric Anderson

Alaina Herron

Trevor Nelson

Logan Andrew

Madison Hill

Drew Parsons

Tyler Boston

Claire Hitter

Andrea Pennings

Allie Broeniman

Rachel Jobs

Anna Sieracki

Riley Chelsky

Maddie Johnson

Sidney Smestad

Andrew Choi

Ian Kubica

Jacob Henry Steenis

Nicole Coenen

Claire Klaisner

Rhyder Stokelbusch

Andrew Curran

Jewel Lo

Michaela Sumnicht

Cullen Driscoll

Helena Marks

Grant Verhagen

Rachel Esker

Brooklyn Massey

Lauren Wanie

Melissa Fritsch

Olympia Mathiaparanam

Paul Willems

 

This year’s individual award recipient  is Helena Marks. Helena volunteers her time for many different activities both in and outside of Richmond School. Outside of the school setting, Helena volunteers many hours for the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin.

 

At school, Helena volunteers daily to be a Kindergarten Helper, where she assists Richmond’s Kindergarteners in getting dressed to go outside, encouraging table manners in the lunchroom, and helping out wherever she is needed during lunch and recess. In addition, Helena is the classroom librarian where she keeps track of and organizes the large classroom library. Helena is also an Autism Buddy at Richmond, where she goes into the classroom for students with autism and helps them learn social skills, positively engage in conversation, and how to play appropriately. Helena is a wonderful leader and example for others to follow, both young and old. She promotes respect and acceptance by giving of her time to those that have different abilities. 

 

The Fox Cities Youth Alliance 2014 Group nominees:

Appleton East DECA

St. Mary Central High School Lunch Mentors

Appleton East Key Club

St. Peter & Paul Parish Youth

Badges for Baseball Assistants

United Way Fox Cities Youth Board

Food for Thought

Valley New School

 

This year’s group award recipient is Valley New School. Where can you find talented, consistent servant leaders within the Fox Cities?  At Valley New School!  When these students aren’t hard at work with their academics, they can be found volunteering at Harbor House every Thursday.  Students, Brandon Allcox, Sabrina Honts, Calvin Lemieux, Lydia Novak, and Megan Dvorak from Valley New School began this process by taking the initiative and seeking out volunteer opportunities around the Fox Cities.  They decided to make their mark at Harbor House and created a unique partnership with the organization that has made a lasting effect on many families in our community.

 

From the very beginning, these 5 students surprised our entire staff team by their dedication and dependability.  They began seeking out volunteering opportunities during the holidays by providing countless hours of gift wrapping, sorting donations, cleaning, receiving donations, and also assisting the families that were adopted for the holidays.

 

After the holidays were done, these students took the next step and went through a 3 hour volunteer training at Harbor House. Thursdays have now become “Valley New School” days at Harbor House, starting as early as 7 a.m. and ending around 8 p.m. These students can be seen doing maintenance, cleaning, donations sorting, helping with other odd jobs around the house, and then providing a consistency with childcare during the busiest night of the week at our organization.  The staff and clients can breathe easy on Thursdays due to the ongoing care and service that these student leaders continue to provide.

 

Lastly, Valley New School student leaders connected other classmates to volunteer as well during the One Billion Rising Event that took place on February 14th, 2014 at the City Center.  From planning, to setup and take down, students from Valley New School made their mark on this incredible event.

 

Harbor House is forever grateful for each student for volunteering, their leadership, dedication, forward thinking, and influence that they are making in our community.