Five Town CTC recognizes quarterly youth advocates

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Jan 27, 2014
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds YMCA Senior Program Director Jasen Wood, left, and Meghan Gustafson, right, the Y's co-child care director, accept the quarterly award for youth advocacy on behalf of the Y from Five Town Communities That Care board member Ken Gardiner at a luncheon Thursday, Jan. 23.

Camden — Five Town Communities That Care presented its quarterly Youth Advocacy Awards at a luncheon Thursday, Jan. 23.

The event at John Street United Methodist Church recognized an individual and an organization for their work on behalf of area young people. Marti Wolfe, Five Town CTC's community coordinator and mentor coordinator, presented the individual award to Lisa Ettinger, vice chairman and secretary of the organization's board. Board member Ken Gardiner presented the organization award to the Penobscot Bay YMCA, represented by Senior Program Director Jasen Wood and Co-Child Care Director Meghan Gustafson.

Award recipients meet one or more of the following criteria: involvement in reducing problem adolescent behaviors among local youth; involvement in reducing risk factors in the local community; involvement in promoting protective factors in the local community; fostering collaboration and cooperation among youth-serving agencies, groups and businesses; fostering communication between youth and their community; providing opportunities for youth to learn new skills that they can use in service to their community.

Also at the event, Five Town CTC presented a panel discussion titled "Our Changing Community: What Is the Impact on Our Youngest Students?"

Five Town Communities That Care Community Coordinator/Mentor Coordinator Marti Wolfe, right, presents the organization's individual Youth Advocate Award to Five Town CTC's own board Vice Chairman and Secretary, Lisa Ettinger, at a luncheon Thursday, Jan. 23. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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