The 2016 Youth In Action Award recipients have been announced!
Congratulations to Ryan Bell of Wallingford & Teddi Stanley of Guilford for their extensive community service, leadership, and advocacy to make a difference!
Established in 2011, Liberty’s Youth in Action Award is designed to recognize students in grades 6-12 within the bank’s market area who have distinguished themselves through volunteering, fundraising, and advocating for nonprofit organizations. Bell and Stanley were selected from among many students who were nominated for the award by schools and youth organizations in their communities. The selection committee had such a hard time picking one recipient from the large number of nominees, so we picked two! Each was able to direct a $1,000 donation from Liberty Bank to a nonprofit organization of their choice.
Ryan Bell is a freshman at Mark T. Sheehan High School in Wallingford. For the past six years, Bell has been raising money for Heifer International, whose mission is to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Through gifts of livestock, seeds, trees, and training in sustainable agriculture, Heifer International helps millions of people become self-reliant. Bell chose to direct the $1,000 from Liberty Bank to Heifer International to put him around $200 away from his goal of raising $50,000!
Theodora Stanley, ‘Teddi’, is a junior at Guildford High School and is involved in the Community Dining Room, DOMUS, Life Haven, Special Olympics and Best Friends Club, Guilford High School Interact Club and Youth Advisory Group (YAG) to name only a few. She is very passionate about changing the stereotype that is fixed to homelessness and has been organizing collections for nonprofits in her community including Columbus House and New Reach. Stanley chose to direct $500 of the $1,000 donation to Columbus House, $250 to New Reach, and the remaining $250 to Amistad Catholic Worker.
Liberty Bank President and CEO, Chandler J. Howard, himself a longtime volunteer with many awards for community service, praised the award winners and nominees, saying “We want to honor you for everything you’ve done to make people’s lives better. You’ve proven to us that it doesn’t matter how young you are—you CAN make a difference.”
Click HERE to read the full press release.
Pictured left: Chandler Howard, President & CEO of Liberty Bank presents Ryan Bell with a certificate of recognition at Mark T. Sheehan High School’s Awards Night for being chosen as one of the 2016 Youth In Action Award winners.
Pictured right: Teddi and Chandler Howard, President & CEO of Liberty Bank at a reception held to honor Teddi’s work and award her with the 2016 Youth In Action Award.
Click HERE to see Teddi’s Capstone Project.