June is always an exciting time at Youth Action Hudson. Each June, we recognize our student volunteers with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The award, which is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, was created as a way to recognize US citizens for their commitment to service. To earn the award, students must provide more than 100 hours of service to the community during a 12 month period. This year, 33 students earned the PVSA award! An astonishing 13 students earned the GOLD award for contributing more than 250 hours of service to the community.
Derek Bates, Katie Cardell, Brookyln Casa De Calvo, Rosa Dunn, Hannah Erickson, Allison Ewig, Samuel Gerard, Rielle Hanson, Chloe Heifner, Jackson Hellmers, Eric Holter, Phoebe Holter, Jessica Iverson, Marc Ives, Jack Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Caroline Kloster, Katharine Knott, Shayla Koeckeritz, Brianna Manke, Alexa Marlow, Lauren Milbrandt, Marina Minic, Kelley Nelson, Luca PIerre, Emily Plattner, Grace Potter, Sarah Potter, Jackie Rau, Sydney Rosini, Bryan Sengbush, Lindsay Tvedt, Clare Weber, Lauren VanBortel, Sophie Duran.
In addition to the PVSA awards, we were also pleased to present students with a letter of appreciation from Hudson's new mayor, Rich O'Connor, as well as certificates of Congressional recognition from Congressman Sean Duffy.
This year was especially unique because for the first time, we were able to award a middle school student with the PVSA award! Luca Pierre will be entering 7th grade this fall and became involved with Youth Action Hudson through his involvement with the Hudson YMCA Leaders Club. In just a few short months, Luca contributed more than 40 hours to YAH. When combined with his volunteer hours through the YMCA, Luca earned the gold PVSA award for more than 150 hours of service (volunteers under 15 need 50 hours of service to qualify for the gold award). We were so excited to be able to recognize Luca for his service! He is proving that service has no age requirement and that youth truly can be leaders!!
We are so fortunate to have such an incredible group of student volunteers! Thank you for all that you do for Youth Action Hudson and the Hudson community! We are looking forward to an exciting summer and another great year of creating change in the community!