Youth Ambassadors Honored for their Service
The Norfolk NATO Festival is proud to recognize and honor the volunteer contributions of the 2014/2015 Youth Ambassadors! The Youth Ambassadors are the dependent high school aged children of personnel assigned to NATO – Allied Command Transformation. The Norfolk NATO Festival facilitates community service opportunities for the Youth Ambassadors as a way for them to... View Article
The Norfolk NATO Festival is proud to recognize and honor the volunteer contributions of the 2014/2015 Youth Ambassadors!
The Youth Ambassadors are the dependent high school aged children of personnel assigned to NATO – Allied Command Transformation. The Norfolk NATO Festival facilitates community service opportunities for the Youth Ambassadors as a way for them to connect with one another and with the local community through volunteering. During the 2014/2015 program, there were 37 actively involved Youth Ambassadors, representing 12 of the NATO Countries. The program wrapped up with a reception on Thursday, May 28 when the Ambassadors were awarded for achieving certain hours of volunteer service
1 Star Youth Ambassadors = At least 15 Hours
2 Star Youth Ambassadors = At least 20 Hours
3 Star Youth Ambassadors = At least 25 Hours
4 Star Youth Ambassadors = 30 Hours or More
The Youth Ambassadors rose above and beyond minimum expectations and collectively earned a total of 1,077 Community Service hours, averaging almost 30 hours per student! Seventeen Ambassadors reached the 4 Star level and were awarded with prizes for their hard work and dedication. Organizations served by the Youth Ambassadors include the following:
- Stockley Gardens Art Festival
- Virginia Beach SPCA
- Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
- Boys and Girls Club
- Harbor Lights Half Marathon and Shamrock 8k
- Operation Homefront Toy Drive
- Elizabeth River Project
- Good Mojo Thrift Store
- Academy of International Studies at Rosemont
- Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
- Operation Smile
- Norfolk Historical Society at the Ghent Treaty Bicentennial Event
- The d’Art Center
- ODU’s International Festival
- Norfolk Public Libraries
The Youth Ambassadors also generously served the Norfolk NATO Festival by volunteering tirelessly in the Parade Float Warehouse, preparing for the Parade of Nations. Many Ambassadors rode on their nation’s floats in the Parade on April 25th and volunteered in the national booths at NATOFest!
Because of the generosity of a Norfolk NATO Festival Board Member, this year’s Youth Ambassador of the Year was awarded an all-expenses paid trip to attend Operation Smile’s International Student Leadership Conference, held in Orange County, California. With 105 service hours, Bethany Lloyd, was honored as Youth Ambassador of the Year! A plaque and photo will hang in ACT headquarters recognizing the Youth Ambassador of the Year.
The Norfolk NATO Festival is so proud of the accomplishments of the Youth Ambassadors and we are thrilled to reward them for their service!
The 2014/2015 Youth Ambassadors
|Noor A.||The Netherlands|
|Arthur B.||The Netherlands|
|Hugo B.||The Netherlands|
|Melanie G.||The Netherlands|
|Dini W.||The Netherlands|