Teen volunteers awarded for service

Accepting the Youth Group in Philanthropy Award on the Volunteer Committee's behalf were Saint Joseph Academy students Grace DeGidio, left, the group's longest standing member, and Mariam Tadross, one of the group's co-presidents. Photo by Sarah Perez-Stable

The Youth Challenge Volunteer Committee has been named the recipient of the Youth Group in Philanthropy Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter. The committee, comprised of teen volunteers, received the award at a luncheon on Nov. 3, National Philanthropy Day.

Youth Challenge provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to young people with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play sports, make friends and have fun. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights. All programs and transportation are free for participant families.

Established in 2009, the Volunteer Committee is comprised of young leaders who have given 25 or more hours of service to YC. Teen volunteers apply to be on the committee and are chosen by current members based on their leadership skills and commitment to Youth Challenge.

Volunteer Committee meetings are held throughout the year for members to plan and implement their own program each season and organize fundraising events for Youth Challenge. Programs have included CSI Mystery Night, VANtastic Race, Harry Potter Night, a Krazy Kamp PJ Party, Survivor Day, YC’s Got Talent, and many others. The group has raised thousands of dollars through fundraising initiatives including movie and game nights, car washes, and the ongoing Pie in the Face fundraiser.

“I am continually impressed with the creativity, initiative, and heart of each member of this group,” said Sarah Perez-Stable, YC’s Director of Volunteer Services. “They all work tirelessly to create fun and memorable experiences for our participants and their fellow volunteers and we are thrilled and honored to celebrate their success!”

AFP’s Youth Group in Philanthropy award recognizes the committee’s outstanding commitment, motivation to others, leadership, philanthropic impact and remarkable ability to work and problem-solve as a team and create unique experiences.

Kathy Rigdon

is the Media Specialist for Youth Challenge in Westlake.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.21.2017