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  • Youth Group Awarded Grand Prize at Environmental Summit

    April 15, 2019
    Youth Group Awarded Grand Prize at Environmental Summit
    Berlin-11-April-2019--- On April 5th the SABERS (Strengthening Adolescent Boys with Education and Resources) youth group, a program through Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services (WYFCS), participated in a Youth Environmental Action Summit (YEAS) at the Ward Museum in Salisbury, MD. SABERS was awarded the Certificate of Excellence for creativity and innovation in environmental stewardship and project design for their Henry Park Environmental Improvement Plan proposal. The award includes grand prize funding in the middle school category for project implementation.
    The YEAS event brought together youth from across the Lower Shore of Maryland, to learn ways in which they can address environmental issues in their communities and around the world. The Summit combined informative conference-style sessions and workshops in a fun atmosphere for a powerful educational experience that will lead to changes in the lives, schools, and communities of young people interested in a more sustainable future. 
    The SABERS Henry Park Environmental Improvement Plan will add recycling and trash bins near the basketball courts as well as signage to encourage park cleanliness in an environmentally responsible way.  Also, a rain garden will be installed to capture excess rainwater runoff to help protect water quality in the Coastal Bays and serve as an educational component that features native plants. One of the YEAS Judges said, “the students identified an issue that is clearly close to their interests (basketball courts at Henry Park), have great local partnerships, and have gone the extra mile to get the support of the Town of Berlin and Maryland Coastal Bays Program.” Tiffany Scott, youth programs coordinator for WYFCS said, “through this project, SABERS will be taking huge steps in community leadership and will convey the importance of this project to their peers, family, and community members to continue their efforts in environmental stewardship.
    For more specific information about Worcester Youth and Family, please call 410-641-4598 or visit the website at www.gowoyo.org.