Engaging Youth in Leadership and Community Service

 

HALL OF FAME

Honoring Outstanding Youth

We know there are awesome students and adults doing incredible things in our community. Our Hall of Fame honors them through a number of awards at an annual celebration.

2021 Hall of Fame Awards

Outstanding Alumni: Krista Decker and Blake Palmer
Outstanding Volunteers: Susan Wilkie & Brett Niemeier
Robert “Scooter” Tiemann Servant Leader Award: Meredith Hagerty and Michael Keith
Nancy Sieben Koehler Scholarship winners: AnaBella Stegmaier and Seth Hansen
Outstanding Seniors: Eilidh MacLeod and Sam Syroney
Excellence in Leadership Award: Becca Samuel and Samuel McGuire
Youth of the Year: Reagan Koester

All proceeds benefit Youth Resources’ Make A Difference Grants.

If you would like to support the Hall of Fame as a sponsor, please contact jessica@youth-resources.org for more information.


Nominate A Student For Youth of the Month

Students ages 5-18 are eligible for nomination. YR’s Board of Directors reviews each
nomination packet and chooses that month’s honoree. Nominations must be submitted
by the 25th of each month. If a student does not win in a given month, the same student
may be nominated in a different month. For example, Joe Smith could be nominated in
September, October, and November.

Youth of the Month winners are automatically included on Youth Resources’ Youth
of the Year ballot. YR names the Youth of the Year at our annual Hall of Fame Celebration.

Nominate A Student Here!

Meet Kenzie Paul, YR’s
2020 Youth of the Year Winner

Mount Vernon High School senior Kenzie Paul, who was born without the lower half of her left arm, was inspired to help others like her after becoming involved with the Lucky Fin Project. Her determination and servant-heart has led her to volunteer with several organizations for individuals with limb differences, and she recently began printing and donating 3D hands to others.

“I decided I wanted to be a leader and make change in the world after I attended Lucky Fin Project Weekend after my freshman year. Lucky Fin Project unites, educates, and celebrates people with limb differences, and it was the first limb different organization I had ever been introduced to,” Kenzie explained. “I met so many incredible people who had similar limb differences, and they inspired me to be the best me I can be. Starting my sophomore year of high school, a few classmates and I started an awareness and fundraising campaign for the Lucky Fin Project.” She and her classmates ended up selling over 500 Lucky Fin t-shirts and raising more than $5,000 for the organization. 

“Throughout this process, I became more involved with the issues my community faces, like prosthetic inaccessibility. By a stroke of luck I stumbled upon e-NABLE, a global network of volunteers who 3D prints prosthetics and joined in on the efforts,” Kenzie said.

Kenzie and Donna Zimmerman, a Department Chair at Ivy Tech Community College, both founded e-NABLE chapters around the same time in 2018. Shortly after, Donna reached out to Kenzie because the two chapters were so close in distance. Together, the two began designing, fabricating, and donating 3D printed prosthetics. As of now, the two have been able to donate prosthetics to 7 different individuals, and have sent a dozen generic devices overseas to third world countries.

“Kenzie is a great role model, especially for young ladies with limb differences. She is an awesome leader, a great public servant, and is truly dedicated to giving to others,” Donna said.

SPONSORS

If you would like to support the Hall of Fame as a sponsor, please contact jessica@youth-resources.org for more information.

 

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