2019 Youth Appreciation Day
On Thursday, May 30th, the Youth Center held our 30th annual Youth Appreciation Day to recognize the middle school and high school youth who have spent their time volunteering in some capacity with us the past year. Each award given at this event is named after a person who has had a significant impact on the Youth Center, and each recipient is thoughtfully chosen by our staff based on specific criteria, with much thought given to the namesake of each award.
The biggest awards of the night, given to our stars of volunteerism each year, are the Michael Ventresca Memorial Awards. These are awarded to 2-5 individuals per year who have had the most impact on the Youth Center and the community service activities we participate in. This year’s Michael Ventresca recipients were Haley Gove, Jess Rosenthal, and Katie Murdoch. See below for the full list of this year's award winners, along with some pictures from the event!
Along with the awards ceremony, we have a guest speaker each year, speaking to our youth on the importance of giving back, and we finish off the night with t-shirts, gifts, and a cookout for all attendees! Our 2019 speaker was Jenna Buco Sideri, who gave a hilarious and inspiring speech to our group on finding small opportunities to make a difference in a life.
Youth Appreciation Day was a very successful event for the Youth Center and we thank all of our middle school and high schoolers who donate their time to us each year!
2019 Award Recipients
Michael Ventresca Memorial Leadership Awards
Bert Hammel Memorial Passion Award
Tim Roberts Memorial Award
Artie Drummond Award
Joseph Walsh Community Involvement Award
Bill McEvoy Community Spirit Award
Bruce Butterfield Memorial Award
Kelly Crimmins Award
Norman Flanders Memorial Award
Margaret Slater Memorial Award
NAYRS Staff Member of the Year
NAYRS Outstanding Service Awards