Charlottesville, Virginia – March 22nd 2016 – The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation 2016 Youth Service Award Committee presented a $10,000 award yesterday to International Neighbors. Each year The Community Foundation presents the Youth Service Award to one student from the senior classes of ten area public and private high schools who have demonstrated active participation in community service, leadership and academic excellence. Students from the Youth Service Award Committee select and present a $10,000 grant to an organization serving the children in our community.
Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, the Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent, gave an address in recognition of the students and Dr Joe Gieck and Antonio Rice – presented the Youth Service Award in recognition of the following students:
Emily Anness Renaissance School
Deborah Ayres-Brown Western Albemarle High School
Lucy Birchfield Albemarle High School
Emily Burleson St. Anne’s Belfield School
Haley Chan Covenant School
Thea Louis Miller School of Albemarle
Pearl Outlaw Tandem Friends School
Bradley Shard Murray High School
Jenna Warren Charlottesville High School
Makayla Whitehurst Monticello High School
International Neighbors is a local Charlottesville organization whose mission is to serve the Charlottesville area refugee and special immigrant community by offering a network of support services, people and opportunities that will foster a path to self-sufficiency and productive citizenship. International Neighbors works in coordination with the International Rescue Committee.
The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
The Community Foundation is an engine for positive change. By building on local strengths, the foundation seeks to catalyze community nvestment, bold thinking, and inspired leadership to address the critical challenges facing Charlottesville and the surrounding communities.