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YSA is proud to announce the 2012 Harris Wofford Award Winners: Shaun Verma, Joshua Johnson, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Cities of Service and TIME &TIME for Kids. Presented at the ninth annual Youth Service Institute (YSI) and sponsored by State Farm, the Harris Wofford Awards were established in 2002 to honor former Senator Harris Wofford, one of our nation’s greatest public servants. As the highest honor YSA awards each year, the Wofford Awards recognize those who do extraordinary work towards achieving Senator Wofford’s vision of “making service and service-learning common expectation and common experience of every young person in America.” The Wofford Awards recognize achievements in five categories: Youth, Young Educator, Public Officials, Organizations, and Media.
Founded by high school Junior, Shaun Verma in 2009, MDJUnior (MDJr) is an afterschool nonprofit that matches aspiring teen doctors with practicing physicians. “To foster this spirit of volunteer service, it brings together passionate, practicing medical and health care professionals with middle & high school students, who have a strong desire in their lives to reach their full potential.” Medical and Health care professionals help the youth understand the profession as well as service underserved communities.
Joshua Johnson, alumnus of Teach for America, teaches middle school science for grades 6-8 at the Center City Public Charter School—Brightwood Campus, in Washington, DC. He has developed and maintained the “Sustainable Scholars” program at Brightwood during his first two years in the classroom. Through this program his students built two raised garden beds, a greenhouse, and began working on sustainable irrigation methods (through the use of rain barrels). Through this program Johnson has noted a 43% increase in DC-testing proficiency among his students.
Annise Parker is the mayor of Houston since January 2, 2010. She is Houston’s 61st Mayor, one of only two women to hold the City’s highest elected office. She attended Rice University, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In addition to her duties as mayor, Ms. Parker remains active in the Houston community, currently serving on the boards of the Holocaust Museum and Girls Inc., and as an advisory board member of the Houston Zoo, the Montrose Counseling Center and Trees for Houston.
Cities of Service was founded in 2009 by 17 mayors from across the country. Together as a team, they [mayors] engage citizens in addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering. “The coalition aims to create a vibrant and growing network of municipal governments effectively leveraging citizen service as a reliable, viable tool to achieve measurable impact on pressing local challenges.” Today, more than 100 mayors work in conjunction to represent nearly 50 million Americans.
TIME for Kids is a weekly classroom news magazine that is produced especially for youth. Each issue includes national news, engaging articles, which are enhanced with maps and charts, diagrams, trivia, and eye-catching photography. This magazine is crafted to meet Common Core State Standards and National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies and National Science Education Standards.