Contact: Ellen Quinn
Public Information Officer
St. Louis County To Honor Lifehouse Youth
As part of St. Louis County’s Sesquicentennial year, the County is presenting a Volunteer Recognition Award Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth as part of their regular County Board meeting.
Second District County Commissioner Steve O’Neil will recognize Nicole Foresta,
Daniel Amatuzio, Danielle Linberg, Janet Wuolu, William LaPoint, Amber DePriest,
Breanna Prather, Bobbie Campeau, Michael Pajari, Jay Larson, Darell Burks, Antonio Martinez, and Life House Staff member Jeff Woolverton.
Many of these youth have volunteered through Life House to give back to the community through various involvements such as Juneteenth, Thanksgiving at the DECC, Take back the Night, and other projects.
The youth were asked by the Martin Luther King Pancake Breakfast Planning Committee to prepare and present something at the Breakfast this year. In addition to giving their time on the Planning Committee, the youth listed above gave immeasurable energy and innumerable hours toward the implementation, creation, perfection and performance of a Martin Luther King video. Its message was of peace and understanding toward the vast and various cultures and ethnicities this world has to offer. Many - if not all - of the youth involved have experienced first-hand some form of suppression or prejudice in their short lives. This led all to participate and bring forth with great enthusiasm this message, with the intention to bring about social awareness of these issues and, hopefully, social change.
All the more remarkable is the intense concentration with which these Youth particularly shaped and molded this project, many of whom did so while at the same time experiencing unstable housing or homelessness, loss of income, lack of transportation or personal issues. All the same, though such barriers would prevent most adults from envisioning project completion, these youth did so unswervingly.
They used a multi-media approach, incorporating interviews, internet video pieces of Martin Luther King events, their own written poetry, song/music and their own designed sweatshirts.
The acknowledgement of these youth and what they've accomplished under difficult circumstances is an important moment not just in the lives of the youth honored, but in the community for having recognized such an extraordinary effort.