Celebrating Champions for Youth Announces Winners in Tempe

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Tempe Coalition’s third annual Celebrating Champions for Youth is honoring three outstanding adult community members and two youth for making a significant impact to reduce youth risk behaviors. The community is invited to help celebrate the awardees Nov. 13.

Daniel Bennett, school resource officer and first responder at Tempe High School, was named the Protector Award winner for his extensive service advocating tirelessly to provide a safe environment for Tempe youth.

Tempe Chamber of Commerce, represented by President Anne Gill, was named the Advocate Award winner for being an organization that advocates for programs, policies and laws that help provide Tempe youth with an environment where they can live to their full potential.

Jose Hernandez, Food Services Manager at McClintock High School, was named the Inspiration Award winner for his work as a teacher, community worker, counselor and coach who has inspired Tempe youth.

Synthia Ramos, sophomore at Tempe High School, was named the Youth Conqueror Award winner for overcoming adversity and challenges and turning the trajectory of her life forward by achieving goals to reach her full potential and inspiring her peers to do the same.

Keshawn Thompson, senior at Tempe High School, was named the Youth Champion Award winner for continually setting and achieving goals in an effort to reach his full potential and inspire others around him to do the same.

Tempe Coalition’s purpose is to reduce youth risk behaviors and promote health and wellness through awareness to ensure all Tempe youth are living at their full potential. The Celebrating Champions for Youth event helps to continue providing innovative programs that provide hundreds of Tempe youth with the proper tools they need to thrive and grow within their community.

This exciting event provides the entire Tempe community the opportunity to recognize and reward those individuals who have made a significant and positive impact on our youth. We look forward to sharing this amazing evening filled with good food, live entertainment, local influencers and you,” said Tempe Coalition Chairwoman Paula Bugg.

Registration can be completed online at www.tempecoalition.org. For more information about the event, contact Hilary Cummings at 480-858-2316 or hilary_cummings@tempe.gov.

About Tempe Coalition

The Tempe Coalition is made up of over 80 members from a variety of community sectors whose mission is to mobilize Tempe citizens to help youth reach their full potential by reducing underage drinking and drug use through community leadership, education and collaboration. In partnership with Tempe Community Council, Tempe Coalition is funded by a grant from the Drug Free Communities Support Program.

Media contact: Hilary Cummings, 480-858-2316, or email hilary_cummings@tempe.gov.

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