Woman gets $1,000 grant

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield resident earned a $1,000 educational stipend from an Indianapolis organization supporting youth leadership development.

The Marion County Commission on Youth provided stipends to 25 youth workers from the Summer Youth Program Fund during the Excellence in Summer Service Education Awards.

Among the recipients was Greenfield resident Allison Abel, who received the award for her work at Westminster Neighborhood Services, a nonprofit organization that works to address the issues of poverty, stress, joblessness, illiteracy and hunger on the east side of Indianapolis.

“Thanks to the hard work of these high school and college students, tens of thousands of central Indiana children were able to thrive, learn, engage and contribute this summer,” said John Brandon, president and executive director of MCCOY. “This group of youth workers were the most talented and hardworking bunch to ever apply for ESSEA awards. We’re grateful for the incredible work they accomplished this summer improving our Indianapolis community, and we hope they had opportunities to develop their own professional skills throughout the process.”

This year’s 25 award recipients, which included one high school student and 24 college students representing 21 summer youth programs, were selected by a group of seven committee members.

These selectors reviewed applications sent in by more than 76 youth workers throughout central Indiana, a record for the ESSEA awards.

ESSEA honorees were presented with portfolios and stipends during an evening ceremony Sept. 22 at The Sol Center.

State Rep. Carey Hamilton served as a guest speaker during the event.