Islip, NY - On the evening of September 19, 2012, the Town of Islip Youth Bureau held a special event honoring youth and adult community members who volunteer with the Town's network of youth service agencies. Town Deputy Supervisor Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, Councilman Steve Flotteron, Councilman John Cochrane, Councilman Anthony Senft and Receiver of Taxes Alexis Weik personally presented the awards. These youth and adult volunteers serve in a variety of capacities. In addition to providing direct services to youth, the adult volunteers provide legal advice, fund raising assistance, input into the design and development of programs and participate in a host of community activities. The youth volunteers provide assistance with fund raising projects, community clean-ups & cultural events, lawn care & snow removal for senior and disabled residents and work with youth program participants younger than themselves.
This event recognized volunteers for their generous contributions of time and talent. Outstanding Volunteer Award recipients included; Deborah Slinkosky, Vanessa Badia, Leslie Kulewicz, Jennifer Lino, Erika Colangelo, Amanda Van Nostrand, Bryan Ramirez, Burcu Altintas, John Harvey, and Wendy Vergaray. The prestigious Town of Islip Chick Pizzurro Volunteer Award was presented to Jamie Atkinson. Outstanding Youth Service Professional Awards were presented to several Town of Islip Youth Agency employees for their accomplishments in the field of youth services. Professional award recipients included; Jewel Carmichael Jones, Renee Clock and Richard Hjelset.
Town of Islip Youth Bureau service agencies include; Youth Enrichment Services, South Shore Community Organization, Islip Youth & Family Counseling Program (Brentwood YDC) and the Runaway Program and Independent Living Program at YMCA. This network of agencies provides youth development and delinquency prevention programming such as: Work Readiness Skills, Safe After-School and Summer Day Programs, Community Service Opportunities, Violence and Gang Prevention, Tutoring and Homework Help, Leisure Time Activities, Leadership Skills, Cultural Arts Programming, Individual and Group Counseling and various Community and Parent Education programs.