“Our YES! LEADers serve as an inspiration to their peers and younger students every day,” said Sen. Libous. “Their dedication to volunteerism and living a drug-free lifestyle make them great role models in our school districts and community.”
Senator Libous and David Patak also announced the winners of the Jill Kavanagh Memorial YES! LEADS Scholarships:
- Shawna Stevens, an Afton High School senior, received a $2,000 scholarship.
- Kimberly Jones, a Maine-Endwell
Maine-Endwell High School YES! LEADer Kim Jones went home with the $1,000 Jill Kavanagh Memorial Scholarship.
Central High School senior, received a $1,000 scholarship.
- Bethany Evans, a Union-Endicott Central High School senior, received a $500 scholarship.
These three students were chosen based on their contributions to their school’s YES! LEADS program and commitment to a substance-free lifestyle.
“Shawna, Kimberly and Bethany have served as outstanding YES! LEADers. They’ve dedicated their time, effort and energy to improving our community by spreading the important message of making safe choices to younger students,” said David Patak.
YES! Safe Choices for Kids, a partnership between Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital, is now in its 25th year. Since 1989, more than 8,500 YES! LEADers have helped teach more than 100,000 elementary school students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. This year’s LEADers, representing 12 school districts, presented to over 5,000 elementary school students.
For more information about YES! and YES! LEADS, please visit www.YesSafeChoices.org.