Youth Community Service Honored by Mayor


At a recent Council meeting, local youth were honored by Mayor Bryan Shupe for their outstanding service in the community through the Jefferson Awards LEAD360 program.  This year a total of 136 service projects were submitted in Delaware with over 374,500 lives impacted and a financial impact of over $5,150,600. The City of Milford’s 2 projects engaged over 30 volunteers, generated over 300 volunteer hours, impacted over 4,600 lives for a total financial value of $7,331.  This year’s projects included Jenna Dewey, Milford Central Academy Jobs for Delaware Graduates and Wraparound Delaware.

“It is inspiring to see the youth in our community take a proactive approach to serving others,” said Mayor Shupe. “The Jefferson Awards allow us to recognize the ongoing efforts by the next generation to create a better world for all of us”



Milford’s top project was the Children’s Library created by Jenna Dewey. Jenna has always enjoyed reading and knew she had to spread that love to others. She took action by posting flyers and hosting a book drive throughout her entire school district, collecting over 1,400 to create a children’s library at a local women and children’s shelter. Jenna wanted to help her community and make a sustainable difference. She believes in helping to create a better future through education. Through her efforts, she has impacted nearly 4,000 lives in the community.

LEAD360 makes service easy-to-do, fun and accessible by seeking outstanding youth ideas and replicating the best nationwide. Launched in 2010, this program has recognized over 7,000 Delaware youth in 714 service projects in collaboration with the offices of seven mayors including Dover, Georgetown, Lewes, Milford, Newark, Seaford, and Wilmington.

In Phase 2 of LEAD360, a national youth project was activated in 2017 in the area of Health and Wellness called Emma’s Art Kits. Participants in this project collected art supplies to donate to children receiving medical treatment, in homelessness or poverty situations, or going through a tough time.  In 2017, 27 Delaware groups participated in activating Emma’s Art Kits for a financial value of over $119,000 and impacted over 13,200 lives. The statewide participants who activated Emma’s Art Kits were Bank of America, Caesar Rodney Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Cape Henlopen High School Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Central Middle School Senators In Action, City of Wilmington and Delaware College of Art and Design, Delaware 87ers, Delmar High School Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Jefferson Awards Fall Leadership Conference attendees, Jobs for Delaware Graduates staff, Milford Central Academy Jobs for Delaware Graduates, MOT Charter Elementary School, New Castle County Police Athletic League, Newark High School Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Oberod Donor Reception, Reagan and Payton Garnsey, Seaford High School Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Smyrna High School Jobs for Delaware Graduates, St. Elizabeth High School Students In Action, St. Georges Technical High School, The Buccini Pollin Group, The Jefferson School, The Charter School of Wilmington Student Government Association, University of Delaware Athletics, Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, Wilson Elementary School, Woodbridge Middle School, and Wraparound Delaware.  

Sam Beard, Co-Founder of the Jefferson Awards Foundation stated, “LEAD360 is designed to seek outstanding youth ideas and replicate them nationwide.  For the past eight years, Delaware has been the nation’s leader in this program and has once again distinguished itself by the number of youth engaged, lives impacted, and people activated.”

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