On Wednesday, June 13, The Salvation Army Norfolk Corps celebrated the teenagers and young adults involved in Corps programming by hosting the inaugural Youth Shield Awards.
Annually The Salvation Army sends approximately 30 teens and young adults to Youth Councils, a leadership and spiritual development conference, at Youth Councils the Corps awards a single participant with an award. At the Youth Shield Awards, Stacey Adkins, Corps Youth Evangelism and Outreach Director, recognized teens in the categories of community service, spiritual growth and leadership.
“It’s always frustrating at Youth Councils that we have all these great kids and can only recognize one,” Adkins said. “The Youth Shield Awards is going to be a great annual event where we can really celebrate our teens and young adults for a variety of things.”
In addition to the awards, the event included a fashion show with items selected from Salvation Army Family Stores by Dawn Miller and modeled by the teens. The theme of the event was “Using Passion for Good” and included a panel discussion with members from the community who are all using their passions for good. The panel included Rae Pearson Benn (Mrs Virginia Beach 2011), David Ham (Reporter at WVEC-TV 13News), Dawn Miller (Realtor at Exit Realty) and Naoma Doriguzzi (Social Media Expert). The panel discussed topics such as how they use their passions for good, how teens can find their passions and some of the biggest dangers and temptations teenagers face, among others.
“I had a great time talking about using passion for good,” said Naoma. “We had an amazing panel; doing great things in the community.”
All food and items included in the fashion show were donated by Major Dewey Alderson at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and Family Store.
While a date for the 2013 Youth Shield Awards has not yet been set, it will likely be in mid-June.