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Friday, July 15, 2011

Clements Honors U.S. Foreign Service Youth Making a World of Difference Abroad

Clements will present Community Service Awards to Alexandra Ike and Jared Gibson during the 2011 Foreign Service Youth Awards today in Washington, DC.

The Foreign Service Youth Foundation’s Award for Community Service honors teenagers who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer efforts overseas, either in community service or in service to their peers, while facing the challenges of growing up living an internationally mobile lifestyle. Two finalists each receive a certificate of recognition for their volunteer work and a $1,500 savings bond sponsored by Clements Worldwide.

Alexandra Ike, age 18, was selected to receive one of two community service awards for demonstrating strong leadership and service to her local community in Ghana. She served as president of Street Girls Aid, raising over $1,000 to assist working, homeless mothers by providing a safe place for their children to go everyday. She also served as the president of her school’s Habitat for Humanity, leading and organizing efforts to build homes in impoverished communities. With her committee’s support, Alexandra raised over 900 Ghana Cedis to assist a local village in building a library. As a member of her high school’s theater group, Alexandra visited and performed at a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana and helped raise over $500 for the refugee children’s school. In addition, she volunteered with WorldVenture Ghana to reach young ladies in her age group and made personal visits to their villages.

Jared Gibson, age 16, was selected to receive the second of two community service awards for his work in introducing skateboarding to local youth in Tunisia. He taught classes to children and teenagers, and educated them on important safety precautions. He used his skills to host skateboarding events and raised over $600 to benefit an ailing ten-year-old boy from a small village close to the Embassy community in Tunis. Through Jared’s passion for skateboarding, the international community in Tunis has been introduced to a new sport and a family in need received financial assistance to help with their child’s medical care.

“We are very proud to sponsor this award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of U.S. Foreign Service youth,” said Chris Beck, president of Clements Worldwide. “It is truly inspiring to see the impact they have had on their communities, all while handling the unique challenges of the expatriate lifestyle.”

The 2011 Foreign Service Youth Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, July 15 at noon at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read the official press release.

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