Scarsdale’s Jaclyn Carlin is one of ten Westchester high school seniors who will receive the Westchester County Youth Board’s 2012 Milly Kibrick Youth Service Award. The awards will be given to students who have shown exceptional commitment to their local communities. The 10 will be honored at a dinner Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Davenport Club, 400 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle, where they will receive various gifts and a plaque.
Jaclyn has been volunteering at the ‘Amazing Afternoons Afterschool’ program at Edward Williams Elementary School in Mount Vernon for six years. This program serves an at-risk community where many kids live below the poverty level and some are homeless. Jaclyn, along with her sister, taught dance and mentored the same group of girls until they graduated from elementary school.
She has been an active member in the ‘Free the Children’ club at Scarsdale High School and is currently holds the position of president. This international organization builds schools, hospitals, and medical centers in developing countries. With the club, she has organized collections for local food pantries and coordinated fundraisers including tag sales, gift wrapping, and silent auctions, which have raised money for the neediest communities throughout the world. This past year she started a ‘Free the Children’ club at the ‘Amazing Afternoons Afterschool’ program. She taught approximately 15 kids about world issues such as hunger, poverty, and disease. They organized a fundraiser selling scarves crocheted by one of their teachers and raised money for alternate income in Sierra Leone.
The Milly Kibrick Youth Service Awards are given in memory of Milly Kibrick, a prominent county social worker and youth activist, who dedicated her life to helping underprivileged children. During her career and in retirement, she was the quintessential social worker, social entrepreneur, volunteer and political activist, pursuing social and economic justice for children of all ages.
“Milly selflessly devoted her life to helping underprivileged children and was the driving force in many campaigns for the youth of Westchester County. She made a lasting impact on our community,” said County Executive Rob Astorino. “The honorees for the 2012 Milly Kibrick Service Awards emulate Milly’s giving spirit. Their work in their communities has touched the lives of many individuals. At a young age they have managed to accomplish great things.”
The aim of the Youth Board’s awards program is to recognize high school seniors of the Class of 2013 who have been involved in building a flourishing, strong and compassionate community through individual efforts and actions.