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Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, presented Youth Thrive awards to 39 youth leaders across the metro area who have made an impact on their communities while demonstrating a commitment to the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, presented Youth Thrive awards to 39 youth leaders across the metro area who have made an impact on their communities while demonstrating a commitment to the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

“The YMCA continues to invest in helping youth thrive because we know youth are the real change-makers building stronger communities,” said Glen Gunderson, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. “Youth are getting connected and making a difference through their active participation in the Y’s many youth development programs along with their commitment to serving all in our community.”

2018 YMCA Youth Thrive Award Winners
 
Stefan Duvnjal, Andover YMCA Community Center
Diego Vazquez, YMCA Beacons in Minneapolis
Anisa Ali, YMCA Beacons in Minneapolis
Aisha Xasan, Blaisdell YMCA in Minneapolis
Olivia Brammer, Burnsville YMCA
Henry Holcomb, YMCA Camp du Nord
Andrew Byrne, YMCA Camp Icaghowan in Amery, WI
Gunnar Legler, YMCA Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto
Alex Nicklow, YMCA Camp Menogyn in Grand Marais
Will Johnson, YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson, WI
Maya Chadda, YMCA Camp Warren in Ely
Grace Tillotson, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan in Ely
Morgan Robinson, YMCA CycleHealth
Tavee Long, Eagan YMCA
Jennica Buck, St. Paul Eastside YMCA
Emily Barrett, Elk River YMCA
Mandisa Vang, Emma B. Howe YMCA in Coon Rapids
Savannah Stuttgen, Forest Lake YMCA
Naimah Muhammad, Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center in Minneapolis
Kaitlin O’Tool, Hastings YMCA
Molly Diaz, Hudson YMCA
Isabelle Guardette, Lino Lakes YMCA
Tolchi Nwankpa, Maplewood Community Center YMCA
Alyissa Sanders, St. Paul Midway YMCA
Bella Ellstrom, Minneapolis Douglas Dayton Downtown YMCA at Gaviidae
Alexia Sanders, Mounds View Community Center
Shaprea Chance, New Hope YMCA
Eve Clarkson, Ridgedale YMCA in Minnetonka
Anesia Taylor, Rochester YMCA
Imani Cornealius, River Valley YMCA
Danielle Fay, Shoreview YMCA
Ben Jaeger, Southdale YMCA in Edina
Laykun Getachew, St. Paul Downtown YMCA
Yohanis Shitta, University YMCA at the University of Minnesota
Celestine Ashley Rodriguez, West St. Paul YMCA
Paulina Barcenas, White Bear Area YMCA
Evelyn Harrison, Woodbury YMCA
Brent Hauck, Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government
Sasha Martin, Jr., YMCA Youth Intervention Services

About the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Established 162 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities.  The 29 Y locations and program sites, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 350,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds.  To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit www.ymcamn.org.