The Yolo Community Foundation announced a record-setting five recipients for its Yolo Youth Service Awards.
The awards were established in 2007 to reward Yolo County youths for volunteer work with local nonprofit organizations. The award recognizes the importance of developing and cultivating a sense of community and service within the youth of Yolo County, and encourages local nonprofits to engage with youth volunteers.
Meg Stallard, YCF Board President, noted that “the main purpose of this award is for us to show how much we value young people who give their own time to help others. Yolo County is a better place because of them. We know this has been a challenging year to be a high school senior, and we appreciate the good work we know these students have done and will continue to do to serve their communities. We wish them the best in their future educational endeavors.”
The five students given awards this year are:
Zahra Baxi, a Da Vinci High graduate from Davis, who began her volunteer work with Davis Media Access at age 11, when she enrolled in a Stop Motion Animation summer camp. She continued with DMA, and started an after-school animation club. She has been trained on the DMA equipment, served as a production intern and helped produce a local series about teens. She was honored by DMA as their volunteer of the year at last fall’s Philanthropy Day hosted by Yolo Community Foundation.
Scripture Brandenburg is a recent graduate of Sacramento Charter High School who lives in West Sacramento. He did his volunteering for Computers 4 Kids, which provides students and other community members with refurbished computer equipment to help bridge the digital divide. He served as a computer technician, learning how to repair and replace computer hardware and to troubleshoot software issues. He also helped provide orientations to students who received the computers.
Anna Grexton graduated from River City High School in West Sacramento in June. She worked with Out of the Box Ministries at Trinity Presbyterian Church, participating in their regular food distribution program. She helped pack the bags regularly, and would often welcome new groups of volunteers, give them instructions and find jobs for them within the program. She also worked with other students participating in a backpack giveaway by the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.
Elena Olvera, a graduate of Pioneer High School in Woodland, has participated in the Yolo Community Band for several years. This community band is made up mostly of adults from throughout the county, but Elena has been an active student member. As a member of the percussion section, she worked diligently on a particularly challenging piece chosen by the conductor. She also was willing to switch parts to allow others to play, and would work organizing the gear for travel to concerts.
Monzerrat Garcia, a recent graduate of Winters High School, volunteered for the Success Program through RISE, Inc., a nonprofit that serves the rural community to enhance the quality of life and opportunity for self-sufficiency in western Yolo County. The Success Program helps students with 凯发体育官方sporthomework after school, and Monique first served as a tutor and subsequently often led the program during her four years of service. She built strong, positive relationships with the students in the program during her service.
The YoYoSA Scholarship award honors for serving more than 60 hours during their high school years at a specific nonprofit. The awards consist of a $1000 scholarship to each student and a $500 grant to the sponsoring nonprofits. These grants come directly from the YCF’s YoYoSA Scholarship Fund and the YCF Community Impact fund, respectively.
About the Yolo Community Foundation
The Yolo Community Foundation inspires giving, supports philanthropists, and serves the nonprofit community in Yolo County. The organization offers donor-advised funds and other philanthropic vehicles, donates to local nonprofits through the Buck Education Grant, fosters volunteerism through the Yolo Youth Service Awards and annual Philanthropy Day program, and supports local giving via its involvement in the Big Day of Giving. YCF currently has 60 philanthropic funds valued at over $4 million and is an affiliate of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Visit www.yolocf.org for more information.ShareTweet