Mercy High School Students Earn National Awards For Community Service Impact
United Nations Association of the USA Celebrates Youth Leaders Delivering Progress Toward The UN Sustainable Development Goals
Mercy High School is thrilled to announce 7 students are being recognized by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and InnerView in the 5th Annual National Community Service Impact Awards. This program, open to all U.S. high school students, has been designed to connect student community service activities, skill development, and personal commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world. The Kroger Co. is presenting the third annual Zero Hero Awards to students for taking action to help create communities free of hunger and waste. Michigan Community Service Commission is recognizing outstanding youth commitment to address community needs in Michigan.
“Youth efforts and voices are essential to achieve the SDGs. These awards allow us to share our appreciation for youth leaders who have invested talent and effort in the causes they care about,” says Rachel Bowen Pittman, Executive Director of United Nations Association of the USA. “With a decade remaining to deliver on the SDGs, we are thrilled that these students will be entering the workforce with meaningful community engagement skills and socially aware experiences. We are encouraged that educators are including community service and cultural engagement in the educational experience of their students.”
“We are so proud of all the Michigan youth who chose to give their time to help others,” said Michigan Community Service Commission Executive Director Ginna Holmes. “In having youth learn the power of volunteerism, it can foster a lifelong passion of making a difference and strengthening communities – making our state more resilient.”
Students from Mercy High School delivered the most impact for SDG 3-Good Health & Well-Being.
“We are honored to work with the national service ecosystem and local communities to amplify and recognize the meaningful work of student volunteers who are creating a better world for all,” says Kristine Sturgeon, CEO of InnerView Technologies. “We believe the dynamics of the last few years have significantly influenced personal understanding of the connectedness between all people and local and global challenges; this has manifest into an increase of youth volunteer time addressing local needs and leading meaningful projects.”
A key artifact students gain through the Award Program is the development of a digital service resume for use in job and college applications to demonstrate personal commitment, 21st century skills, and key areas of interest. The three-tier award program recognizes a range of student achievement: Merit for 20 hours, Honor for 40 hours and Ambassador for 100 hours of service this school year and special recognition for a focus on Zero Hunger and Zero Waste.
Merit Awardees: Julie Castillo, Isabelle Zablock
Zero Hero Awardees: Isabelle Zablock
Michigan Awardees: Julie Castillo, Grace Eliya, Angelina Hamati, Morgan Kasyouhanan, Amelia Lampi, Morgan Sarafa, Isabelle Zablock