Two West Fargo High School students have been recognized by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and InnerView Technologies with a National Community Service Award for their commitment to community service. The award program is designed to connect student community service activities with UNA-USA’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Yiqi Yuan has earned the ambassador award for completing 100 hours of service this school year and Anjali Bhujel has earned the honor award for completing 40 hours of service this school year. The two students completed a combined 25 service activities with an impact value of more than $6,000.
“Youth efforts and voices are essential to achieve our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These awards allow us to share our appreciation for youth leaders who have invested talent and effort in the causes they care about,” says Rachel Bowen Pittman, Executive Director of United Nations Association of the USA. “With a decade remaining to deliver on the SDGs, we are thrilled that these students will be entering the workforce with meaningful community engagement skills and socially aware experiences. We are encouraged that educators are including community service and cultural engagement in the educational experience of their students.”
In the last ten months, thousands of American students devoted more than 557,000 community service hours to causes and community needs. “The close of this school year, will be a moment in time, never forgotten by current students. Every aspect of life has been affected by COVID-19, and there has never been a better personal understanding of the connectedness between people, local, and global challenges,” says Kristine Sturgeon, CEO of Inner View Technologies. “We are delighted to amplify and honor the incredible work of students who are changing the world, one action at a time. In the last few months we have seen students transition their passions for causes to safe remote pathways including virtual tutoring, organizing local food collections, recording music performances for senior centers, digital connections to advocate for voter registration, unique appreciation for HealthCare heroes and so much more.”
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. InnerView is the leading youth social responsibility platform to help students, groups, and schools highlight community service impact, passion for causes, skill development, and connect local effort to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.