April 24, 2012 - City of Boulder awards outstanding youth volunteers tomorrow
Contact: Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155 Cindy Smith, Children, Youth & Families Division Manager, 303-441-4045 www.bouldercolorado.gov
City of Boulder awards outstanding youth volunteers tomorrow
The City of Boulder’s Youth Opportunities Program and Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) will host the 17th annual Outstanding Youth Volunteer Awards tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25, at at the Spice of Life Conference Center, 5706 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder.
Nearly 30 City of Boulder teen-age residents who have done meaningful local volunteer work were nominated for awards. Ten recipients were selected by high school students on the city’s YOAB. The awards ceremony will include welcoming remarks by City Manager Jane Brautigam, a keynote address by the founders of Bicycles for Humanity Colorado and a presentation of the awards by YOAB to outstanding youth volunteers. A list of awardees and a brief description of their volunteer work is provided below.
The event will be run by high school students, and will be attended by approximately 80 people, including awardees and their families, school administrators, members of City Council, CountyCommissioners, and other community members.
The 2012 Outstanding Youth Volunteer Awards recipients are:
Ben Rastle, Boulder High School (BHS) 12th grade – volunteered with the Boulder High football team visiting hospital patients and cleaning up after the Four Mile Fire, and has done local fundraising to support several service trips through his church.
Gerardo Gutierrez, ManhattanMiddle School 7th grade – through the Youth Services Initiative helped with several neighborhood clean-ups, assisted many city projects and supported the Ironman Boulder triathlon races.
Kyle Shepherd, New Vista High School (NVHS) 12th grade –has developed curriculum, taught classes, led Philosophy Circles, and helped organize sober social events for teens through the Natural Highs program.
Lily Siegert & Noa Greenwald, Platt CHOICE 8th grade – have volunteered at Community Table and the Boulder Homeless Shelter for years, and organized a dinner that raised $2,000 for the Shelter.
Mariah Wisner, Fairview High School (FHS) 12th grade – has supported a variety of local non-profits through four years with growing Gardens’ Cultiva Youth Project, and has volunteered at the Association for Community Living.
Michael Clymer, NVHS 9th grade – organizes several clubs at New Vista and is co-President of the Gay Straight Alliance, also volunteers at Hip Consignment Clothing Store.
Sarah Groenwald, BHS 12th grade – supports riders with disabilities and helps at the barn at the ColoradoTherapeuticRidingCenter.
Seth Blum, NVHS 10th grade - has served in leadership roles for several years working with youth and adults at Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.
Taylor Meneley, BHS 12th grade – has been a peer leader with Boulder Youth Body Alliance throughout high school giving presentations, designing outreach activities, and doing policy work.
Sophia Kloor, NVHS 11th grade – has educated peers and worked for social change with OUT Boulder and with Women’s Health’s Sexual Health and AIDS Awareness Peer Education Program.
The Youth Opportunities Program is part of the city’s Department of Housing and Human Services. For more information on the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Awards, contact Alice Swett at 303-441-4349 or by email at sw