YouthServe Teens Awarded by City of Watsonville

Youthserve_cesar-chavez-winnersWe are proud to announce that three teens who are active participants of the Volunteer Center Program YouthServe will be awarded by the City of Watsonville this evening March 24th for their dedication to our community.

YouthServe Members Lily Constanza, Yesenia Abundis, and Marisa Upson are among the 7 candidates selected to receive the 2016 Cesar Chavez Community Award.  Now in it’s 14th year this award recognizes individuals who have volunteered to make Watsonville an ideal place to live, work and play. Each year the City selects 7 outstanding residents for their dedicated community work and for exemplying and promoting the values espoused by Cesar Chavez. These values include: community involvement, volunteerism, and non-violent conflict resolution.

The awards event will take place at the City of Watsonville Community Room (275 Main St, Watsonville) this evening from 6-8PM.

YouthServe Coordinator Desiree Farnel will introduce the students and recognize their efforts with the Reading Buddies Project run by YouthServe.  Constanza, Abundis and Upson were instrumental in the start of this project which pairs teen tutors with children in kindergarten through second grade to help them develop their reading skills. Each tutor is paired with a child for an 8-week period.

We couldn’t be more proud of these three young women. They have chosen to share their love of reading with children each week for over a year, have brought new tutors into the program, and have been active in all aspects of YouthServe giving their time to a myriad of additional volunteer projects throughout the year.  They are true champions for service.

Want to learn more about their motivations and aspirations?  View our blog about their efforts on Dr. Suess Day 2015

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