Quarry Lane School is delighted to announce student Shreya Chaudhuri is being recognized by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and InnerView in the 2nd Annual National Community Service Awards.
This program has been designed to connect student community service activities and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world. Shreya Chaudhuri has earned the Ambassador Award and invested the most effort and impact for SDG 12-Responsible Consumption & Production.
"Youth efforts and voices are essential to achieve the SDGs. These awards allow us to share our appreciation for youth leaders who have invested talent and effort in the causes they care about," says Rachel Bowen Pittman, Executive Director of United Nations Association of the USA. "With a decade remaining to deliver on the SDGs, we are thrilled that these students will be entering the workforce with meaningful community engagement skills and socially aware experiences. We are encouraged that educators are including community service and cultural engagement in the educational experience of their students."
Earlier this year, Shreya organized an initiative for Quarry Lane's Lower School students (Jr. Kindergarten through grade 5) to raise awareness about climate change and what they can do protect the environment. "We are incredibly proud of Shreya for this well-deserved recognition," says Dr. Sabri Arac, Head of School at Quarry Lane. "Her dedication to preserving the environment and sharing her passion and knowledge with our students is absolutely wonderful. At Quarry Lane, our guiding philosophy is 'I can make a difference.' Shreya exemplifies this philosophy and I congratulate her for this honor."
In the last ten months, thousands of students devoted more than 557,000 community service hours to causes and community needs. "The close of this school year, will be a moment in time, never forgotten by current students. Every aspect of life has been affected by COVID-19, and there has never been a better personal understanding of the connectedness between people, local, and global challenges," says Kristine Sturgeon, CEO of Inner View Technologies. "We are delighted to amplify and honor the incredible work of students who are changing the world, one action at a time. In the last few months we have seen student transition their passions for causes to safe remote pathways including virtual tutoring, organizing local food collections, recording music performances for senior centers, digital connections to advocate for voter registration, unique appreciation for HealthCare heroes and so much more."
A key artifact students gain through this program is the development of a digital service resume for use in job and college applications to demonstrate personal commitment, 21st century skills, and key areas of interest. The three tier award program recognizes a range of student achievement: Merit for 20 hours, Honor for 40 hours and Ambassador for 100 hours of service this school year.