Mayor Lisa Sulka and Town Council members are recruiting students to participate in the Mayor’s Youth Community Service Award Program for the coming school year. Mayor Sulka created and implemented the Town’s Youth Community Service Award Program to encourage and acknowledge the contributions of Bluffton’s younger residents in 2016. This program is a venue for younger residents to invest their time and talent in community programs and to be acknowledged for their service at the end of the school year.
“Our younger residents continually impress me with their dedication to our community and the development of their leadership skills,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said. “This program is another venue for students to exercise their servant leadership, invest their time and talent and contribute to the quality of life of their neighbors.
“This program also provides a way for students and non-profits to connect with each other. Non-profits are able to benefit from the energy of our youth and our students are able to prepare for the next chapter in their lives through real-world training.”
This award program will provide high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors recognition for their volunteerism in the greater Bluffton community. Mayor Lisa Sulka will formally recognize the students who volunteer at least 50 hours during the school year.
Each May, Mayor Sulka recognizes the students who volunteered in the previous school year in an award ceremony.
- Open to all rising high school sophomores and juniors attending public, private or home school in Bluffton.
- Volunteer hours must be earned between May 1 and April 30 in consecutive calendar years.
- Volunteer hours must be served with a nonprofit organization providing services to the greater Bluffton community.
- All volunteer hours must be verified by an organizational representative and by the student.
- The Volunteer Tracking Form is the only form which will be accepted for recording hours.
- Forms must be submitted to the Mayor’s Office no later than April 30 to Town Clerk Kimberly Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Award-eligible students will be recognized at an official ceremony on a date announced by the Town.
- Silver Award: 50 hours of volunteer service
- Gold Award: 51-99 hours of volunteer service
- Mayor’s Exceptional Service Award: 100 or more hours of volunteer service