Above / Mayor Steve Chirico and Naperville City Council members joined KidsMatter to present the 2022 Youth Service Awards in Council Chambers, located at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. (Photo by Jo Lundeen)
Since 1993, the City of Naperville has presented the Youth Service Award to recognize and honor outstanding volunteer efforts by local Naperville area students and to encourage all youth to get involved in community service.
KidsMatter joined the City in championing this wonderful event beginning in 2005—the year many of this year’s nominees were born!
KidsMatter, with Mayor Chirico and the City Council, honored 17 young people on Wed., Nov. 30, at the Naperville Municipal Building with a wonderful evening of recognition and celebration.
The following is a list of this year’s inspiring recipients and the organizations that have nominated them for the award.
Kayla McNab – 360 Youth Services
Diego Jimenez – 360 Youth Services
Laney Kang – DuPage Children’s Museum
Joy Hufford – DuPage Pads
Amelia Hebel – Feed My Starving Children
Himani (Raeya) Shah – Indian Community Outreach
Rebeca Arambula – KidsMatter
Isabelle Afshari – KidsMatter
Lily Krumins – Little Friends
Brianna Trinko – Naper Settlement
Kendall Waits – Naperville Area Humane Society
Riley Leu – Naperville Environment & Sustainability Task Force (NEST)
Dev Bodalia – Naperville Park District
Ryan Lee – Naperville Public Library
Ella Smith – Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break – Good Shepherd Church
Joel Setya – STEM & buds
Ashwin Balaraman – The Morton Arboretum
KidsMatter expressed gratitude for its program sponsor Naperville Bank & Trust as well as support received from a City of Naperville Social Service grant, Belgio’s Catering, Lou Malnati’s, Culver’s, Celidan Creations, and Area 51 Cupcakery.
2023 Community Job Fair is set for Jan. 7 at Fort Hill
The KidsMatter / Naperville Park District Community Job Fair will take place from 10AM to 1PM on Sat., Jan. 7, at Fort Hill Activity Center.
The Fort Hill Activity Center is located at 20 Fort Hill Drive.
For more information about KidsMatter, its programs and upcoming events, visit kidsmatter2us.org.
Story submitted by Sherilyn Hebel, Director of Programs for KidsMatter.