Nominations sought to recognize outstanding young people

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 February 2020 at 12:22 pm

Youth Bureau also wants to honor adults who work and volunteer on behalf of children in Orleans County

HOLLEY – The Orleans County Youth Board wants to honor local youths for their community service and adults for their work on behalf of children in Orleans County.

The Youth Board is sponsoring its 38th annual Youth Recognition Dinner on May 14 . The Youth Board each year recognizes about 20 youths for their outstanding community service or if they have taken on an extraordinary role in their family. The nominees should be between 14 and 21.

In addition to the youth awards, at least two adults will be honored for their service to young people.

The Helen R. Brinsmaid Memorial Youth Worker Award recognizes a youth-serving professional whose work surpasses normal expectations.

The award is open to all youth-serving professionals including administrators, caseworkers, counselors, school personnel, juvenile justice workers and others who work with youth and families.

John Grillo, the long-time wrestling coach for Holley and Kendall, received the award in 2019. Grillo also works part-time as Albion’s recreation director.

The Eileen Heye Adult Volunteer Recognition Award is given to an adult who provides service as a volunteer to Orleans County youth. The Youth Bureau is looking for nominees who are role models for youths, and give of themselves to better the life of children. This might include working directly with young people through youth groups or organizations or by advocating for youth services.

Ken Spohr, a Boy Scout leader in Kendall, received the award in 2019.

Nominations are due to the Youth Bureau by March 27. For more information, call the Youth Bureau at (585) 344-3960, or email, or click here to see links to the application’s on the Youth Bureau’s web page.

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