Thursday, April 28, 2011

Caring Youth Recognition in St. Louis Park---Perspectives Kids Connection Volunteer Kelly Dwyer

Since a couple and a St. Louis Park church initiated the annual Caring Youth Recognition in 1989, more than 400 young people have been recognized.

This year's Caring Youth Recognition was 6:45-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Marriott West, 9960 Wayzata Blvd. in St. Louis Park.

"If you want to truly be inspired by something, please come to the caring youth day or watch it on TV, St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs said. "It is a remarkably inspired and moving evening when you hear the stories of young people in St. Louis Park, some of whom live here, some who don't, but they volunteer their time through various agencies both private and public and religious and civic, and the stories you'll hear that night will bring a lump to your throat."

The St. Louis Park City Council issued a proclamation declaring April 26 to be Caring Youth Day in the city during an April 4 meeting.

Jacobs, who has had two sons recognized at the event in the past, called the Caring Youth Recognition his favorite appearance of the year.

"When you see the pride in the parents' and families' faces when they hear what these kids do, it's really cool," he said.

The proclamation noted that Roland and Doris Larson began the event in collaboration with Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park. Now several community organizations, such as Children First, rotary clubs, various churches and synagogues, schools and neighborhoods participate, either by helping organize the event or sponsoring young people who are honored.

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