The future of our community, our state and our nation depend upon the way we raise and support young people to handle the affairs of tomorrow. It is the duty of all parents, citizens and youth organizations to develop a proper attitude among the young people in our community to provide them with the right examples, environments and opportunities.
National Youth Service Day is an annual public awareness and education campaign designed to broaden national, regional and local recognition of the power of youth service. The purpose of this day is to reinforce the importance and the excitement of our youth getting involved in our communities and helping others. As such, “National Youth Service Day” was created in 1990 out of a union between the Jefferson Awards, the Points of Light Foundation, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Youth Service America. It is celebrated nationwide during April 22-24.
This year, the City of Greeley-Youth Commission, along with Ken Dyer at Cornerstone Financial Strategies pooled their resources to sponsor the 2016 National Youth Service Day Awards for Greeley youth. The Youth Commission, established by the Greeley City Council to encourage greater youth participation in the city’s development, is charged with fostering a greater understanding of youth concerns and contributions in our community. For sixteen years now, local youth have been recognized for their volunteerism in our community. The City of Greeley Youth Commission decides who receives awards based on the number of individuals served by each nominee, the number of hours served and the number of community service projects completed. An individual or a group may be nominated for these awards, but nominees must meet the following requirements:
- 11 to 18 years of age
- Resident(s) of Greeley and/or volunteer service must have been performed in Greeley
- Not a member, employee, or immediate family member of the sponsoring groups
- Not a past recipient of a National Youth Service Day Award
Recognition plaques are presented to award winners in front of the Greeley City Council at a City Council meeting and a reception is held in their honor. The 2016 City of Greeley award recipients are a great example of our local youth and we should all be proud of them! Let’s continue to celebrate them and encourage their continuous involvement in our communities. The award recipients for Greeley are: Jesus Aparicio, Annika Miller, Unchr Moe, Abdirahman Noor, Stephanie Saenz, Brayan Monte-Arce, Aizlyn Pranke, Noah Roth, Diana Vieyra and the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County Teen Action Program.
For more information about the City of Greeley-Youth Commission or National Youth Service Day Awards please contact Brecken Arnold at 970-350-9771.