The North Shore United Way (NSUW) Youth Board is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Jean Youngs Baddeley Grant. Family Services and Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center were awarded $4,000 each to support services for at-risk youth in the Lake Forest / Lake Bluff community. The NSUW Youth Board is a student-run committee based out of Lake Forest High School. The group volunteers and fundraises throughout the year to support the Baddeley grant, in memory of Jean Youngs Baddeley. “The Baddeley Grant process really allows us, as students, to make an impact in our community,” said Amanda Zhou, President of the 2011-12 North Shore United Way Youth Board. “The board selected programs addressing important issues for young people. I think this type of experience brings our Youth Board journey full circle and reminds us why we love being part of United Way.” Jean Youngs Baddeley served as President of United Way of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff until 1990, when she passed away. In honor of her passion for youth and volunteerism, the United Way Board of Directors created a special fund to foster positive activities and attitudes among young teens. The Youth Board was established to manage the fund, and support important local services through the annual Baddeley Grant. “The Youth Board demonstrates the best of our community — spirit, compassion and commitment to United Way and their peers in need,” said Joe Vanyo, North Shore United Way Interim Chief Professional Officer. “These inspirational young people organize community events, such as the Cross-Town Classic Hockey Game and spring Walk-a-thon, to support and make a difference through the Baddeley grant.” 2012 Baddeley Grant Recipients: Family Service — Granted $4,000 to re-establish Youth Advocacy Services, managed by licensed clinical social workers. In partnership with CROYA (Committee Representing Our Young Adults), the program will provide free, preventative services to help youth overcome depression, hopelessness and suicide in the community. Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center — Granted $4,000 to provide services promoting the safety of teens and empowering them to stand up to abuse and bullying situations. The Sexual Assault Prevention Education Program, a critical component of Zacharias Center Services, will use age-appropriate workshops to educate teens about this issue. Submitted on behalf of Mary Teeter, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.
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