The City Commission recognized seven local youth volunteers for their recent receipt of the President's Volunteer Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours served during a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned through the course of a lifetime. In 2007, the Coral Springs Police Department Youth Mentoring Program was accepted as one of the program’s certified organizations.
Mercedes Mayra Machado, Lauren Ashley Albert, Melissa Machado and Jacqueline Neiman received the Gold Level Award for volunteering 250 hours or more of their time. Nicolas David received the Silver Level award for completing 212 community service hours. Lastly, Krysalee Reyes and Veronica Suarez were awarded the Bronze Level Award for completing more than 100 hours each.
“This is just a small sample,” Police Chief Duncan Foster said. “There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of more children out there volunteering, doing the right thing for their community.”
These students all served their service hours right here within the community, including City programs.
Jenny Rebour, who heads the Department’s Youth Mentoring Program, said, “I think the best thing working for the City of City of Coral Springs is having the opportunity to work with these kids. The parents have done a great job. I see just ahead bright futures.”
As a certifying organization, the Youth Mentoring Program can verify participants’ service hours, as well as nominate volunteers for the presidential award. For more information on the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit presidentialserviceawards.gov.
“On behalf of the Commission and really the whole City, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the time you’ve given,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “You are great role models for your peers.”