Two Scarsdale students will be honored for their community service on Wednesday–receiving the Westchester County Youth Board’s 2012 Milly Kibrick Youth Service Award.
Jaclyn Carlin, a senior at and Hannah Steinberg, a senior at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, are among the 10 Westchester teens receiving the notable award this week.
All 10 teens are being recognized for their community service, according to an announcment from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's office. The youngsters will be awarded a plaque and gifts at a dinner October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Davenport Club in New Rochelle.
The community 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," according to the announcement.
“Milly selflessly devoted her life to helping underprivileged children and was the driving force in many campaigns for the youth of Westchester County," Astorino said. "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.”
Jaclyn Carlin lives in Scarsdale and attends Scarsdale High School. According to her nomination:
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 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.
Hannah Steinberg lives in Scarsdale and attends the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. According to her nomination:
In seventh grade, she co-created a chess tutoring program where she teaches kids who can't afford lessons about the game of chess and wants to inspire more girls to play chess, as she is the only female on the school chess team.
Hannah used $500 saved from babysitting and by clipping coupons, was able to buy school supplies, games, food, toiletries and supplies worth more than $2,000 to donate to the Coachman Family Center, a shelter for over 100 families. She clipped coupons daily which she used to get necessities for the shelter for small payments or even free, and fundraised and received donations to give her the purchasing power of over $40,000. On her YouTube channel, she had a contest to challenge viewers to see who could have the greatest impact on their community.
At her school, Hannah is co-club leader of the ‘Katrina Relief’ club, which raises awareness and money for the tragedies resulting from Hurricane Katrina. The club has helped organize various fundraisers and trips to help relief efforts and travels to Biloxi, Mississippi every year to help with relief efforts.