(This article was originally posted on April 1st, 2015 on nylc.org.)
At More Powerful Together, the 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®, the National Youth Leadership Council will be awarding the inaugural Evan Dalgaard Leadership Award, a recognition forged in the memory of former Youth Advisory Council Member Evan Dalgaard, who was tragically lost in a car crash in April of 2008. This award is given to young, passionate leaders committed to social justice and equality, endeavors Evan strove to address with spirit and integrity.
“Change the world one step at a time, but leave big footprints behind” is an idea that Evan devoted himself to. The Evan Dalgaard Leadership Award honors that devotion.
On Friday, April 10, at the Awards Luncheon and Plenary, Carolina Sosa will be presented the Evan Dalgaard Leadership Award. Carolina hails from Centreville, Virginia, and is a senior at Westfield High School. In an effort to address the educational inequity Carolina recognized within her community, she started her own Scholar Society, a mentoring program for low-income and minority students that supported their short- and long-term goals for college and beyond.
“Challenging myself to be a leader has not only blessed me with so many opportunities, but has changed myself for the better. I have committed myself to helping others find the joys of leadership. I am a servant-leader,” said Sosa.
NYLC is thrilled to present the Evan Dalgaard Leadership award to Carolina Sosa, along with all the other National Service-Learning Award Winners at #MPT15.