Engaging Youth in Leadership and Community Service

Youth Resources Engages Youth in Leadership and Community Service

In 26 years of operation, Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana has listened to the youth voice and involved over 147,190 young people in more than 3,130 service projects. The youth directly served among all of the programs range in age from 5 to 18 and represent the socio-economic, ethnic and cultural diversity of the region. Youth Resources supports its work through contributions from individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations, local and state grants. These funding avenues support an annual budget of approximately $368,000. Youth Resources’ impact has stimulated a leadership movement of youth and adults in our community to collaborate in identifying needs through the eyes of these young people. Participation in community service through Youth Resources raises awareness and interest in volunteerism, encourages youth and adult partnerships, and enriches the lives of local citizens in need who benefit from these youth-led projects.

Fortunately, others around the community, the state, and the nation have also noticed the great impact that Youth Resources is making on our youth.

Youth Resources Teen Court program was awarded the 2013 Project Award at Celebration of Leadership. Youth Resources TEENPOWER program won the Sam Featherstone award at Celebration of Leadership.

In December 2012, Youth Resources joined with hundreds of supporters to celebrate 25 years of making a lasting impact on young leaders in our community. Former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, mentor, and author, Tony Dungy, joined Youth Resources and praised Youth Resources for significantly impacting local youth through leadership development, civic engagements, and community service activities.

In the summer of 2012, YR students, staff and alumnas were highlighted in Evansville Woman Magazine’s “Legacy of Leadership” edition recognizing our 25 years of offering programs that are “Making A Difference!”

In July 2010 and 2011, Executive Director, Ann Burnworth, was named as one of nine finalists for ATHENA award which promotes women’s leadership and honors outstanding leaders from diverse backgrounds.

In 2010, Youth Resources Teen Advisory Council won Leadership Evansville’s Youth Award “in recognition of its strong commitment to being a positive force in our community!”

In September 2010 team members Krista Decker and Jo Beth Bootz were named by the Evansville Courier & Press among the “20 Under 40” class of emerging leaders in the Evansville community.

In 2009, Youth Resources TEENPOWER Program won the Indiana Youth Institute’s Youth Investment Award “for the positive impact the program has made on the lives of more than 2,000 teens”.

In November 2005, Evansville was awarded the prestigious distinction from Colin Powell’s America’s Promise organization, as one of the highly competitive 100 Best Communities for Young People. This application effort was spearheaded by Youth Resources partnering with Mayor Weinzapfel’s office and eight other fantastic youth-serving organizations in Evansville. Those of us Youth Resources staff, board members, and youth who attended the Celebration of Diversity lecture series in April 2007 looked at each other just beaming with excitement when General Powell began his lecture in Evansville by congratulating our community for achieving this honor!

The summer and fall of 2005 was a very exciting time for Youth Resources on both the state and national levels. In June, Youth Resources was the first Evansville-based agency to be named among the statewide winners for the 2005 Indiana Achievement Award. YR was the overall winner of the Impact category for small non-profits demonstrating how our programs have improved and impacted the community. 

In 1998, YR received the “Blueprint Award” from the Indiana Youth Institute for, in their words, “exemplifying the principles of healthy development for children and youth in Indiana.” 

Also in 1997 and again in 2003, YR was recognized by Leadership Evansville with a Division Award for Organizational Achievement.

In 1997, the agency received the statewide “Unsung Heroes” Award from the IU Center on Philanthropy.

The first national award received was the National Crime Prevention Council’s Coalition Award, for the Teen Advisory Council’s work in 1988.

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