Red Bank, NJ – On Thursday, June 2, Jo Ann Rountree, youth development specialist for The Community YMCA, was named recipient of an Outstanding Community Service Award from Red Bank Regional High School The SOURCE, School Based Youth Services Program, for her work with teens in Red Bank.
Rountree has been working with youth and teens at the Y for over 15 years. She received the award for providing academic support and college readiness to students at RBR in the areas of study skills, test taking strategies and mentoring. As advisor of the Y’s Teen Achievers program, Rountree mentors students throughout Monmouth County, assisting students in achieving their dreams of pursuing higher education and career development.
Red Bank Regional 2011 Outstanding Community Service Award Recipients from l to r: Dr. Robert Scott, orthodontist, Louis Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, Source Coordinator Suzanne Keller, Jo Ann Rountree, Youth Development Specialist, The Community YMCA, and Cindy O’Connell, Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County Coordinator.
“I was honored to receive an award from the SOURCE. This is my third year of collaboration with the program and I am proud of all the hard work of the students in the program and who participate in the YMCA Achievers,” Rountree said.
The Community YMCA Teen Achievers program serves youth ages 12 to 17 in Asbury Park, Red Bank, Long Branch, Neptune, Tinton Falls and Eatontown, with academic support, mentoring, school readiness, and school to work transitions. In the past 6 years, the Teen Achievers program has grown from 20 students at one location in Red Bank to reaching over 200 students throughout Monmouth County.
The Y’s Teen Achievers program focuses on character development, educational success and introducing students to positive role models in their community. Groups meet once a week at participating schools or community centers. The program offers students the opportunity to improve academically and provides practical guidance about preparing for college and developing a successful career path. Participating students connect with fellow peers and adults who care about their success, participate in skill building workshops and seminars, and experience Career Days and visits to local colleges for campus tours.
Also, receiving an Outstanding Community Service Award from The SOURCE, is Community YMCA board member, Louis Rodriguez. Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, was awarded for his organization’s contributions to the RBR Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship program which enables RBR’s Hispanic students to attend college.