News Release



For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Betsy Brockway
Youth Bureau Executive Director
845) 486-3660, Fax (845) 486-2001

For Immediate Release

February 8, 1999



Poughkeepsie--Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announces the Dutchess County Youth Bureau is seeking applications for the County Executive's "Youth Excellence Awards" named the YEAs. These YEA awards are for youngsters in grades 2 - 12 whose improved performance would otherwise be overlooked. The awards are not meant for the traditional students who have effective support systems and have always excelled.

According to Steinhaus, "The YEA awards provide the community at large the opportunity to show local youth that we value their hard work to improve, and we celebrate their accomplishments that are often not easily achieved."

There will also be a scholarship for a graduating high school senior who plans to continue his/her education at Dutchess Community College. In addition, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Benevolent Association will be awarding a $1,500 YEA Scholarship to a graduating high school senior who lives in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Dutchess County school districts and youth organizations are eligible to submit nominations of county residents by March 3 1.

Kylie McGrain, the recipient of the $2,000 1998 YEA scholarship, recently said, "Attending Dutchess Community College is a whole new experience. It's a new beginning; I can start fresh." Besides attending college, Kylie works at Ames and participates in a work study program at New Hope Center helping elementary students to do their homework. Kylie plans to continue her education at SUNY New Paltz after graduating from Dutchess Community College.

The Youth Bureau is also seeking nominations for the adult volunteer recognition award given in honor of Dorothy 0. Lasday, a professional youth worker award and a professional teacher award. Eligible adults should have at least five years of experience with youth organizations.

For an awards application packet, please contact the Youth Bureau, 486-3660. Winners will be announced at the Youth Board's Annual Luncheon which will be held in June.


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