The Housing Opportunity Foundation has formalized a process to honor and recognize youth giving back with the Youth Excellence in Service (YES) Award. The Foundation instituted the award after having exemplary youth nominated for a Humanitarian Award two years in a row.
PD senior Shreya Mantha and Providence High School student Noah Rupp were both previously nominated for the Housing Opportunity Foundation’s Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarian Award is “an annual award that recognizes an individual, group or project in Mecklenburg or Iredell counties whose work and service has greatly enhanced the quality of life in the community,” the foundation’s website says. The award was usually given to an experienced leader, but as a result of their commitment and leadership, this was extended to include Shreya and Noah.
The Housing Opportunity Foundation has now instituted a Youth Excellence in Service Award to recognize and celebrate the area’s youth who are engaged in improving the quality of life in the region. This award was established to encourage youth to address a broad spectrum of needs in an effort to build a stronger community. The chosen recipient will receive a commemorative plaque and $500 to be donated to the charity of their choice in their name.
A new YES recipient will be honored in September, the deadline to apply is July 15th. Please visit their website for more information.