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

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.