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Office of the Governor Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: April 3, 2013

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DOVER (April 3, 2013) - She offers families fighting childhood cancer understanding of what they face and a glimpse of life afterward. He helps to keep the sounds of the past alive at Fort Delaware, while she leads writing workshops for younger students, and a group of high school chefs bakes more than 1,000 dozen cookies as a way to support Delaware's police officers.

These dedicated Delaware students will be among the 19 individuals and groups honored by Gov. Jack Markell at the Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards on April 25 at Dover Downs Hotel. More than 300 people are expected to join the governor in honoring the young volunteers for their outstanding service to Delaware's communities. The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starting at 7. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at www.volunteerdelaware.org or by emailing carrie.hart@state.de.us.

"Each day, I see the dedication, commitment and passion that young people have for giving back in our state," Gov. Markell said. "The Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards is an opportunity to recognize a few of those young people for their inspiring service. When you see what they are doing to make our communities better places to live, you have no doubt that our future is in good hands."

The recipients are:

The 2013 award recipients participated in such diverse activities as organizing food and book drives, raising money for a local cat rescue, taking leadership roles in youth government and advocacy groups, and supporting arts groups, teens, veterans and children of military members. They are representative of Delaware's youth who are making a positive contribution to society and inspiring others to do the same.

The Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), the Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism, Serve Delaware and the Governor's Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.

DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf, whose department oversees the State Office of Volunteerism, said the honorees are indicative of a growing ethic among young people to give back.

"These outstanding young people understand and embrace the value of service and community," Landgraf said. "They are a powerful example to other young people - and to adults as well - that helping others binds us together and enhances our very sense of community. We look forward to celebrating the energy, idealism and resourcefulness that these young people bring, wherever they serve."

In a nationwide survey, the Corporation for National and Community Service ranked Delaware No. 1 for the greatest percentage increase in volunteering from 2010 to 2011 - up 5.3 percentage points - to 26.6 percent. Delaware's volunteer rate for teens is almost 20 percent.

Nominees, 18 and younger, who were enrolled in an elementary, middle, high school or home school, at the time of their service, were eligible for the Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards. Volunteer efforts must have been performed during 2012.

Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards Short Bios

New Castle - Individual

Kent - Individual

Sussex - Individual

New Castle - Group

Sussex - Group

For more information about the awards, go to www.volunteerdelaware.org. To get contact information for the honorees or other information, contact Carrie Hart, Volunteer Service Administrator, at (302) 857-5006.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.