Youngsters honored with service award

The DeKalb County KEYS Initiative (Keep Encouraging Youth to Succeed) recently awarded five young people throughout DeKalb County with the 2013 Leaders or Tomorrow service award.

This award was created to recognize and honor the contributions that young people are making in the community and to encourage all youth to get involved in community service.

The Leaders of Tomorrow recipients were recognized and presented with a plaque during a city council meeting in their respective hometown. Award winners are: Evan Guest of DeKalb, Carinna Corbett of Genoa, and Michael Hermes, Maddie While and Susanna Martin, all of Sycamore.

The KEYS Initiative recognizes that youth volunteerism is a win-win for communities. Local nonprofit organizations get help carrying out their mission and youth volunteers get valuable hands-on experience, a sense of purpose and a variety of benefits that help prepare them for their future. Volunteering is a valuable component of positive youth development.

The KEYS Initiative also helps connect DeKalb County youth with volunteer opportunities at their annual youth volunteer fair. Sponsored in partnership with the Kishwaukee United Way, the youth volunteer fair is designed to facilitate volunteer connections and help ignite the volunteer spirit that has shaped our thriving community.  The volunteer fair provides young people and their families with a myriad of opportunities that compliment both their interests and schedules.

This year’s volunteer fair will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. April 8 at the DeKalb Park District Hopkins Park building. Additional details about the volunteer fair will be available in late March.