Youth Health Awards 2022

On May 11, 2022, almost 200 community leaders, organizations, and families came together to celebrate community efforts to promote and empower the health of our youth, at the Youth Health Awards 2022, presented by Neal Communities! Manatee Technical College were our kind hosts for the night.

We were thrilled to host such an amazing evening to recognize all the AMAZING work that goes on in our community to support our incredible young people.

Joining us were the individuals and organizations who do so much to protect youth health and empower them to make healthier choices. We honored their significant contributions to youth health outcomes, particular since the start of the pandemic.

Attendees got a chance to meet our new team of fully trained Teen Health Educators and hear about all they have achieved. We also said thank you to our departing high school seniors, for all their hard work while serving as a Teen Health Educator.

Check out the event recording below, and more information on this year’s winners!

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Announcing the winners!

Learn more below about our 2022 award winners! Check out the video recording above to hear more about them during the event itself.

Business of the Year – Clancy’s Irish Bar and Grill!

Over the last 14 years, Clancy’s annual New Year’s Day event, the Shamrock Shiver, has raised over $350,000 for local nonprofits including Healthy Teens. This year’s event alone raised over $56,000, a new record! Hear more on the night about why Clancy’s choose to do this and support their community in this amazing way.

Youth Empowerment Award (Organization) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

The reputation of the Boys and Girls Club in helping young people achieve their goals is incredible. They provide children a safe place for them to learn and grow, life-enhancing programs, character building experiences, hope and opportunity. Come and learn more about the partnerships that they are developing to serve teens in a variety of ways, including through after-school and summer programs led by Healthy Teens.

Youth Empowerment Award (Individual) – Chaplain Kelvin Foster

Chaplain Foster serves as a volunteer chaplain for numerous organizations, including HCA Florida Blake Hospital Trauma Center, Manatee Memorial Hospital, and North River Fire District. He is also the Regional Disaster Spiritual Advisor for Central and SW Florida with the American Red Cross, and a volunteer sexual assault advocate for Centerstone’s Sexual Assault and Trauma Services team. Amongst all this he also made time to mentor with numerous organizations serving youth, including AMI Kids Manatee, Take Stock in Children Manatee, Visible Men Academy and Lee Middle School. Join us to learn more about what drives Chaplain Foster to make such a difference in our community over so many years.


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