Excellence in Summer Service Education Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Excellence in Summer Service Education Award Winners!


Across our community this past summer, a special group of young people got a unique and exceptional experience in the world of work; they spent their summer working hard to make sure that thousands of children had safe places to go every day by serving as junior camp counselors and summer staff members at youth programs all around our city that are funded by the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF).

Through the Excellence in Summer Service Education Awards (ESSEA) organized by MCCOY, SYPF gifted a $1,000 educational stipend to 26 of these deserving youth workers. A group of seven committee members reviewed applications sent in by youth workers throughout central Indiana and selected award recipients. The 2018 recipients are made up of nine high school students and 17 college students that represent 23 different youth programs.

Read the press release here.

2018 Excellence in Summer Service Education Award Recipients
Brittani Buchanan, Summer EDGE at the John Boner Community Center
Ashley Uselmann, Summer EDGE at the John Boner Community Center
Gabrielle Carpenter, MLK Center
Natalie Cole, Butler Community Arts
Naomi Davis, Felege Hiywot Center
Mekenzie Dejesus, Jameson Camp
Alan Galarza, La Plaza
Olivia Richardson, La Plaza
Emerald Gibson, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
Kristabell Gichina, DirectEmployers Institute
Jessica Gutierrez, Indiana Latino Institute/La Plaza
Maxwell Hamm, Speedway Baptist
Unique Jackson, Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center
Janelle Jenkins, Art With a Heart
Bryandon McElroy, St. Florian
Rachel McKay, Nina Mason Pulliam
Sumayyah Muhammad, Hawthorne Community
Manuel Alarcon Nava, ATHENA Academy
Clara Oesterling, Keenan-Stahl Boys & Girls Club
Kevin Sanders, Keenan-Stahl Boys & Girls Club
Nicholas Smith, Indiana Writers Center
Andrew Stinson, Lawrence Summer Kids Camp
Raegene Thomas, Summer Learning Institute
Riley Tindal, Diabetes Youth Foundation
Connor Waddell, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
MarQues Woods, Young Men, Inc.

The Summer Youth Program Fund is a partnership of 10 area grant-making bodies. It seasonally funds local nonprofits that provide much-needed safe, engaging summer fun to thousands of Marion County youth, like recreation, camping, arts, academics, college and job readiness, and cultural enrichment. For more information, visit www.summerprogramfund-indy.org.

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