The 33rd annual Orange County Youth Bureau Awards luncheon was held at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown.
County Executive Steven Neuhaus was on hand to recognize achievements of the county’s young people. “I think it’s great that we honor the young men and women that are actually changing the world,” Neuhaus said. “These students are doing some great things in their communities and should be recognized. I was honored to be a part of the ceremony.”
This year about 300 guests joined in the celebration of almost 80 honorees, which included students, youth workers, school-based professionals, local businesses, and county employees.
Many students honored with the Positive Change Leading to Success Award are often not traditional students with effective support systems who have always done well at school. A number of youth receiving the Spirit of Success Award have proven to be an inspiration in spite of significant physical and/or medical difficulties.
Other youth who make significant contributions in their communities received the Outstanding Citizenship/Volunteerism/Leadership Award.
Businesses and community organizations were also recognized for their contributions to making a difference in the lives of young people and their families. Nominations were submitted in the spring and honorees are selected by an Awards Committee, consisting of members from the Youth Bureau’s Youth Advisory Board, whose members are appointed by Neuhaus.
The Orange County Youth Bureau promotes positive development through county-wide integrated planning, funding, monitoring, coordinating, and developing youth and family services programs for Orange County youth.
“It was a phenomenal event for the Youth Bureau, which does a great job providing programs and services for children and families in Orange County,” Neuhaus said.