The Community Youth Council has received many awards through out the years for events they have taken part in the surrounding community.
The City of Grand Island received the Savvy Award in the category of 2009-10 One Time Special Event for all city population sizes. The event receiving the Savvy distinction was the Community Youth Council’s sponsored “Leave-a-Mark, Adopt-a-Park” event which was completed in partnership with the City of Grand Island Parks Department and over 300 community volunteers. The event was co-chaired by Community Youth Council members, Paige Liess and Sam Schneider. Even though the temperatures were a bit frigid on March 29, 2009 all 18 City of Grand Island parks, as well as the Heartland Public Shooting Park, Island Oasis, Lincoln Pool, and the Fonner Park soccer fields, received a spring cleanup from volunteers. This project was estimated to have saved the City an estimated $13,200 in supplies and regular and overtime staff dollars.
The Community Youth Council was also nominated as a finalist for the 2011 Savvy Awards competition for the category of Special Events- Recurring Event (All Populations) for the CYC's role in the 2nd Annual "Council and Youth Collide" event.The CYC was awarded 3rd place with the "Award of Excellence". The Community Youth Council wanted to prove their value and find a way to share their voice on important city and youth related topics. The event included members of the CYC's City Government Committee and the Grand Island City Council discussing issues that Grand Island faces and possible solutions to those issues. A judge noted that the project was a "Cool event on a limited budget! Superb! Grand Island took an innovative approach to make this event a success!".
Pictured are Alisia Rivera, Miranda Baxter, Sarah Stoltenburg, and Andres Gamboa with their 2010 Keep Nebraska Beautiful Awards that were presented to them at the Arbor Day Lodge in Nebraska City. The CYC won three awards for their Join Hands Day project that was completed in partnership with the Housing Development Corporation. The project helped a first-time homebuyer get his house ready to be moved in to. The group painted the interior walls, the foundation, cleaned up the landscaping area and planted shrubs and flowers, cleaned the gutters out, and helped with other miscellaneous house projects. For their efforts Keep Nebraska Beautiful presented the CYC with the 1st Place Deanie Anderson Award in Division 1 and two Awards of Excellence in the Great American Cleanup category and in the Youth Group/School Award in the Secondary Division. This is the first time the CYC won a first place award from Keep Nebraska Beautiful.
Pictured above is Garrett Coble, Danielle Jim, and Andres Gamboa, receiving one of three awards given to the CYC by the Keep Nebraska Beautiful organization for their “Leave-a-Mark, Adopt-a-Park” event held in 2009. Through this project the CYC, along with 300 community volunteers, cleaned up all 18 City of Grand Island parks, as well as Island Oasis Water Park, Lincoln Pool, the Heartland Public Shooting Park, and the Fonner Park soccer fields.
The CYC received the 2nd Place Deanie Anderson Award in the Division 1 category, the 2nd Place award in the Youth Group/School Secondary Division, and an Award of Excellence for the Great American Cleanup. The students traveled to the Arbor Day Lodge in Nebraska City to receive the award.
This photo is of CYC students receiving the 2008 Certificate of Excellence Award from the Fraternal Order of Congress for their Join Hands Day project with the Grand Island Veteran’s Home. The afternoon event consisted of playing games with the Veterans, fishing out of their pond, and the CYC students providing a variety of musical entertainment for them. Pictured left to right is Claire Mackey, Paige Liess, Ava Mackey and Wendy Meyer-Jerke.
This picture shows Wendy Meyer-Jerke, CYC student Ashley Chalupa and CYC Board Member Adrian Velez, accepting the 2007 Nebraska Community Improvement Program award in the Class 5 Community Services Special Award for the CYC’s Family Day in the Park event which had over 3,000 people from the community attend this free day of family fun at Stolley Park.