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Four Students Earn the Presidential Service Award at Eastern AHEC

YHSC Student

Four students involved in Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC) program at Eastern AHEC will receive the Presidential Service Award for exceeding 100 hours of volunteer service in the health care setting in 2012. Allison Banks, Kevin Midyette, Cody Williams, and Alyson Sanders (Above: Left to Right) of Pamlico County High School in Bayboro, NC, participated in the YHSC program, a service learning program designed to recruit diverse high school students as leaders in meaningful volunteer service that addresses important community health issues. As part of the program, the students completed six modules of volunteer training and went above and beyond the 50-hour requirement to achieve over 100 hours of service in the community health setting. Jillian Robinson, assistant director for Health Careers and Workforce Diversity at Eastern AHEC, has been successful in implementing YHSC in six high schools in five counties.

The Presidential Service Award is a national certificate awarded by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Council created the award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who demonstrate a commitment to engaging in community service. Recipients of the award are recognized with an official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, a personalized certificate of achievement, and/or a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

The four students in Pamlico County who will be receiving the Presidential Service Award volunteered and partnered with several community organizations, including CarolinaEast Medical Center, Relay for Life, Red Cross, and Prevent Blindness NC, among others. Various service projects addressed issues such as cancer treatment/prevention, blindness prevention, nutrition, fitness, heart disease prevention, and community health and well-being.

Lynn McCoy, health sciences instructor at Pamlico County High School, said, "I am very proud of all of the students who completed the recommended youth health leadership service hours. It is nice to see students giving back and making such positive contributions to their community. I am especially proud of those students who accepted the challenge and exceeded the presidential 100 service hours."