Several beaming teenagers and young adults accepted certificate awards from city Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) at the YWCA of Queens on Friday for volunteering a substantial amount of their time to the community over the summer.
“It’s my honor to be standing here today in the precense of so many adolescents who are so committed to social equality,” Koo said at the YWCA audiorium on 42-07 Parsons Blvd, speaking to an audience of the volunteers, their parents, children they cared over the summer and YWCA staff. “It takes a specific kind of individual to sacrifice his or her free time for the benefit of others.”
The volunteers, who ranged in age from 14 to 21, were part of Project CITY (Community Involvement Through the YWCA) and they spent hours of their summer at the Y helping with a day camp for young children, working in the office or other community work.
The YWCA’s executive director, Roeme Rho Kim, said there were nearly 30 volunteers over the summer, with over half of those winning President’s Volunteer Service Awards for completing 100 to 250 hours of community service. She said it is good experience for the youngsters, who learn valuable skills for the future, gain experiece that can be put on a resume and fullfill their passions.
Reach reporter Karen Frantz by e-mail at kfrantz@cn
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