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Who was Frances Young?

By MELISSA RZEPPA, Class 23
Partner & PR Director – Serendipit Consulting

For nearly a half century, Scottsdale resident Frances Young mentored, advised, assisted and championed numerous local organizations and causes – simply for the good of the community. Among her admirers she was fondly known as “the mayor of South Scottsdale”.

Young epitomized warmth, caring and concern for people of diverse backgrounds. She embraced all people and advocated for their quality of life, whether Yaqui, Hispanic, Asian, Black or White. Her notable contributions include the establishment of an English as a Second Language program in the schools, the beginning of Indian Education, Head Start and Title I programs, and the establishment of the Vista del Camino Community Center.

During her tenure serving on the Human Services Commission, Young worked with other members to find funds for various social services. Young summed up her life by saying, “I’ve gained far more than I ever gave. That’s what I want everyone to know.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Frances Young Community Heroes award sponsored by General Dynamics. Nominees must be ages 14 or older whose volunteer services directly benefit Scottsdale citizens and/or Scottsdale organizations. They may not have previously received public recognition for their volunteer efforts. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, September 3.

Do you know someone who is a community hero and who deserves to be recognized? Now is your chance to say “thanks” for all they do!

For more information and to download the nomination form visit www.gdc4s.com/about/community.

Nominate a hero today!

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Finding my Passion and Making a Difference!

By Stefanie Lerner, Class 23
Director of Sales & Marketing at Encore Creative

I began the Scottsdale Leadership program with what I thought was an open mind.  I knew I wanted to get deeper involved in my community and thought Scottsdale Leadership would offer exposure to a host of opportunities, that it did.  I assumed with my professional background and areas of interest I would connect to the arts community or something of that nature. Little did I know that my heart would be grabbed by Phoenix Youth at Risk’s New Pathway’s mentoring program for freshmen at Scottsdale’s Coronado High School.

Fast forward to me signing up, being selected as a mentor, and being paired with Cheyenne for our 10 month journey.  I know that this program, and my involvement in it, is helping to change the trajectory of a young person’s life.  When I met Cheyenne (14 years old) she was prone to gang involvement, drug/alcohol use and self abuse as ways of dealing with life.

After 10 months in this program and with its amazing self empowerment curriculum and community building, Cheyenne found she has a talent and love of writing poetry.  Together we found some poetry open mic readings at Mama Java’s Coffee House and I brought her to hear other poets read.  She got up on that very first day (poems in her pocket…  I didn’t even know about) and read publicly.  She’s since been “publishing” her poetry on Facebook and even signed up to read her poetry at the New Pathways Talent Show….and was awarded …Best Overall Talent. There is no greater pride than seeing her proud of herself, proud of her accomplishments, and making positive choices.

Phoenix Youth at Risk is always looking for new mentors and they run several programs. While I’m just one person, volunteering a small amount of time, I know I am doing something extremely important.  I am making a difference.

For more information on Phoenix Youth at Risk please visit: http://www.phoenixyouthatrisk.org/

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Looking for a Muddy Place to Volunteer?

By RACHEL BROCKWAY, Class 23
Scottsdale Leadership Marketing and Resource Development Manager

We all spend time volunteering and recognize the importance of doing it. But how many of us have a chance to get really dirty when we volunteer? Are you looking for a new way to get involved in Scottsdale? You can volunteer for the 35th annual Mighty Mud Mania event sponsored by Henkel!!

The City of Scottsdale is looking for 200 volunteers for the Mighty Mud Mania on Saturday, June 19th.  Also, if you don’t want to get really dirty, there are some clean jobs available! The Magnificently Muddy sponsors include: Clifkid, Arizona’s Tooth Doctor for Kids, Cricket Communications and Universal Fog Outdoor Misting Systems and Henkel.

To volunteer, contact Terry Erickson, Class 11, by Friday, June 4 at terickson@scottsdaleaz.gov.

To learn more, visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania.

Mark your calendar, SATURDAY, JUNE 19th!!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to volunteer with fellow alumni and community leaders at a fun community program for kids!

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Welcoming Spring as a Volunteer

By KATHY COSTER
Scottsdale Leadership Class 24

On Saturday, March 27, the Paiute Neighborhood Center offered its Welcome Spring event, where families are invited to participate in arts and crafts, games and an egg hunt. I volunteered at this event, doing hands on pre-event activities such as setting up tables, craft preparation and signage.  The spirit was fun and relaxed. If you haven’t visited the center it offers a variety of services to the community; free afterschool programs, summer recreation programs, driving classes, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, pre-school programs from the Scottsdale Public Library and legal advice.

This annual event is supported by an organization of moms and daughters from the Scottsdale Area.  The National Charity League fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.  The local chapter also supports several other events at Paiute, including a holiday dinner during December where hundreds show up for games, crafts and food.

After helping to setup, I volunteered at the bag giveaway.  Every child received a white paper bag to decorate.  They loved the bags, designing them to reflect their interests.  One little girl was so pleased with her purple and pink themed bag; she told me “I want to hang it in my room.”  Parents and siblings helped the younger ones.  The patience of the Moms and Dads and the sheer fun of it were infectious.

Bag supply depleted, I was ready to move on to my next demanding post.  I was summoned to the Sno-cone machine!

Now, I have not had a Sno-cone since 1963.  But after shredding the ice and filling cups, I must admit I was garnering a taste.  It was hot in the sun and the line did not stop.  There is a science to making the Sno-cones stick.  If the ice is too cold, you can’t form it in the cones – H2O needs to be added.  This scientific exploration was conducted in the laboratory of 300 kids and parents wanting a personalized cone – – cherry, bubblegum, orange or a combination of all three?  Three volunteers and staffers had this fast-food concocting down to an art.  The customers were patient and always said thank-you in English and Spanish.

I came home feeling happy – the kids and their families had a great time and obviously were regular users of the Paiute Neighborhood Center.  Center overseer Valerie Kime Trujillo said thank you many times and also remarked “now you see what we do every day at Paiute.”  Thanks Valerie, staffers and volunteers.  You make the City of Scottsdale a good place to live for everyone!

Paiute offers the Headstart program for 3-5 year-olds, a teen center, computer classes, arts and crafts classes, free afterschool programs, summer recreation programs, tutoring, senior services, dance, social services (medical care, translations, emergency food boxes, car seats, notary public, clothing), earn-a-bike via Handlebar Helpers, English Second Language (ESL) classes, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) driving class and legal advice.  For more information please visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/paiute/

A Cinco de Mayo event is held every year.   Great time to offer your volunteer help!

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