Youth Appreciation Day

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!

YAD awards

2019 Award Recipients

Michael Ventresca Memorial Leadership Awards
Haley Gove
Jess Rosenthal
Katie Murdoch
Director's Awards
Frankie Gentile
Izzy Ceraso
Bert Hammel Memorial Passion Award
Sydney Pensavalli
Tim Roberts Memorial Award
Will Servino
Artie Drummond Award
Shaun McKay
Joseph Walsh Community Involvement Award
Ava Samenuk
Bill McEvoy Community Spirit Award
Tim Iannarone
Bruce Butterfield Memorial Award
Lucas Sciaudone
Kelly Crimmins Award
Kelly Murphy
Norman Flanders Memorial Award
Tatum Wise
Margaret Slater Memorial Award 
Robbie McKay
NAYRS Staff Member of the Year 
Hannah Phelan
NAYRS Outstanding Service Awards
Hannah Rogers
Sara Mellody
John Guarini
Thomas Cacace
Audrey Bartlett

YAD group

YAD guys

YAD girls