2017 Teens Make a Difference Awards Ceremony


The Teens Make A Difference Awards Ceremony took place at Inland Center Mall on Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 pm Center Court.  The ceremony recognized local high school students for their outstanding volunteer service at community places such as libraries, hospitals, schools, nonprofits and community-based organizations.
A total of 53,821.55 hours of service were volunteered by 1,141 high school students from 11 schools in the past year.  All students with 25 hours or more were recognized with awards and received a goodie bag filled with fun items donated by Arrowhead and Inland Empire United Way and Inland Center stores. 
The top student with the most hours volunteered was Estrella Moreno from San Bernardino High School who won the “Top Dawg” Award for volunteering 854 hours through Dignity Health at St. Bernardines Hospital, at the Family Focus Center where she assisted with daily routines, special event projects and monitoring youth that attended the after school program.
The Top School Award went to Rialto High School for volunteering over 13,297.05 hours with over 378 students. A big thanks to all the students and their school coordinator Patrick Kimmons.
The value of a volunteer service hour for 2017 is $24.14 as determined by the Independent Sector; therefore, a contribution valued at $1,299,252.22 has been provided to our community. 

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Top School Award: Rialto High School

Top Dawg: Estrella Moreno