2020 Applications for Excellence in Summer Service Education Awards are now open!

Instructions  ||  Application Form (word doc version here) ||  Supervisor Recommendation Form (word doc version here)

Across our community this past summer, a special group of young people got a unique and exceptional experience in the world of work; they spent their summer working hard to make sure that thousands of children had safe places to go every day by serving as junior camp counselors and summer staff members at youth programs all around our city that are funded by the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF).

Through the Excellence in Summer Service Education Awards (ESSEA) organized by MCCOY, SYPF gifted a $1,000 educational stipend to 26 of these deserving youth workers. A group of seven committee members reviewed applications sent in by youth workers throughout central Indiana and selected award recipients. The 2019 recipients are made up of nine high school students and 17 college students that represent 23 different youth programs.

2019 Excellence in Summer Service Education Award Recipients

Paige LaFever, Concord Neighborhood Center
Tyrek Swanigan, Horizons at St Richards
Eudrice Leflore, The Hub
Kendall Baten, DirectEmployers Institute
Richard E Conway Jr., Young Men Inc
Mykala J Johnson, Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center
Tylyn K Johnson, IN Writers Center
Itzelli Lopez, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
Mary O’Neill, East 10th United Methodist Church
Anoop Sai Chinthala, Young Innovators Quest
Abeo Peterson, Stop the Violence
Madison Guyse, Girls Inc
Duane Cobb, The Hub
Amanda Hart, DirectEmployers Institute
Dajon Currin, Young Men Inc
Melinda Ruiz, Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center
Devon Lejman, IN Writers Center
Dakiya Jenkins, East 10th United Methodist Church
Isabella Jarana, The STEM Connection
Leah Klinestiver, Marion Co Public Health Dept Nutrition Serv
Christina Vargas, Westminster Neighborhood Services
Mary Rozembajgier, Arts for Lawrence
Christian Tobey, Shepherd Community Center
Jasmyne N McCutchen, Brightwood Community Center
Keshawn Evans, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
Natalie Dodson, East 10th United Methodist Church

View ESSEA 2019 Album

The Summer Youth Program Fund is a partnership of 10 area grant-making bodies. It seasonally funds local nonprofits that provide much-needed safe, engaging summer fun to thousands of Marion County youth, like recreation, camping, arts, academics, college and job readiness, and cultural enrichment.