Y.O.U. Youth Win Prestigious National Award

PRESS RELEASE: June 10, 2013

Y.O.U.’s Y.O.U.ng Filmmakers group was awarded the national Jefferson Awards’ Youth Service Challenge prize for their recently produced anti-violence video.   The video,” The Ripple Effect,” received top prize in the Peace and Justice Category, competing against thousands of entries nationwide.  The group of youth honored included Lupe Rosario, Cristal Hernando, Leslee Muckleroy, David Cadet, D’Starr Owens, Qurshiana Leslie, Daniel Hall and Anthony Calhoun.

The prestigious Jefferson Awards for Public Service were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard.   The Youth Service Challenge awards recognize outstanding youth service projects that help make our world a better place. Over 3,700 entries competed in nine categories for this national recognition.    

Emeric Mazubiko, a Y.O.U. staff member who coached the youth, was filled with pride.  “The youth worked so hard on this project and are very deserving of this national recognition.  They care so deeply about ending violence in our community.  Most importantly they understand that violence is an outcome of much deeper social issues.” 

The Y.O.U.ng Filmmakers is a group of Evanston Township High School students who are participants in Y.O.U.’s CONNECT program.  A youth-led Anti-Bullying Task Force engaged youth as leaders in developing solutions to bullying and violence.  The Task Force evolved into the group of filmmakers after recognizing that video and media is a powerful tool to communicate anti-violence messages.

Utilizing video cameras and sound equipment, youth created the powerful anti-violence public service announcement. The group plans to extend the short film into a 15 minute documentary.

Since 1971, Y.O.U. has provided services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families.  Each year, Y.O.U. serves over 1,000 youth with a holistic set of services that includes after school enrichment, emotional support and mentorship.  To view the video visit this link.

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