THOUSAND OAKS—The Thousand Oaks Youth Commission hosted The 2019 Youth Recognition Awards Thursday at the Civic Arts Plaza Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theater.
The 76 youth honored (65 high school and 11 middle school students) were nominated by 13 agencies which included: The Boys Team Charity; the Conejo Valley Unified School District; the Conejo Recreation and Park District; Lead with Purpose Foundation; Many Mansions; National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area; St. Paschal Baylon School; Student Corps, Conejo Chapter; Super Joey Foundation; Thousand Oaks Library; Thousand Oaks Teen Center; Westminster Free Clinic and Community Care Center; and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
“We are honoring these fine youth of Thousand Oaks that make the community better,” said Councilmember and presenter Bob Engler. “I am honored to present awards to such dedicated youth doing good things in the community.
“We celebrate you who are volunteers and the contribution you make to the city is priceless. You are the unsung heroes the city. You have voluntary chosen to make a difference. We thank you for serving as models for your peers, friends and family.”
The event was sponsored and presented by the City of Thousand Oaks Youth Commission which includes: Chair Chloe Nash; Vice Chair Sarah Laufenberg; Peyton Tovey; Shelby Shea; Matthew Glaubke; Shaylee McKeown; Jacqueline Emanuel; Riley Goodnight; Catherine Xu; Ethan Alpert; Maddy Mekari; along with Event Chair Ivy Schlosser; and Event Mentee Anthony Matus. The 13-youth in the Thousand Oaks Youth Commission are joined by two adult commissioners: Pete Martinez of the Conejo Recreation Park District Youth Outreach; and Leanne Petras, Conejo Youth Employment Service.
Helping to coordinate The 2019 Youth Recognition Night was Francine Sprigel, Thousand Oaks Library Community Services.
(Editor’s Note: Citizens Journal will report on youth profiles of middle and high school volunteers of the year next week.)
Photo Credit: Michael Hernandez
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 25 years as a middle school teacher. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].