KFTC member Ethan Hamblin receives 2013 Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Award | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
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Thursday, August 8, 2013
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KFTC member Ethan Hamblin receives 2013 Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Award

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Kathleen Baca
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Marguerite Casey Foundation

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The Marguerite Casey Foundation has awarded 22-year-old Ethan Hamblin, a Berea College senior and KFTC member, of Gays Creek (Perry County) the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award.

While interning at the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky in Hazard, Mr. Hamblin established the Youth Leadership and Philanthropy Initiative to spur local youth to invest in enhancing their community. In the program, high school students participate in grantmaking, fundraising, nonprofit engagement and community service.

Mr. Hamblin also serves on the steering committee of the Stay Together Appalachian Youth (STAY) Project, which provides Appalachian youth with the skills, resources and support they need to make lasting change at home.

Ethan HamblinAs one of 14 young persons to receive the award. He was nominated by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization. Mr. Hamblin will receive $5,000 in recognition of his vision, passion and dedication to improving the lives of families in his community.

Whether organizing youth to invest in making their communities better, speaking out about youth homelessness, fighting for immigrant rights, or helping young people gain access to good jobs, each of the 14 Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Award winners has a unique and inspiring story that Marguerite Casey Foundation hopes to share with other youth and communities. Each is a local hero whose work is a powerful example of Sargent Shriver’s call to “serve, serve, serve!”

Of the Award winners, Marguerite Casey Foundation President and CEO Luz Vega-Marquis said, “Their activism, born out of necessity and rooted in personal experience, is fueled by their belief in a better tomorrow for themselves, their families and future generations. These young people are passionate and courageous and poised to take the reigns as a new generation of leaders.”

Marguerite Casey Foundation is a national, independent grantmaking foundation dedicated to helping low-income families strengthen their voice and mobilize their communities.