The City of Salem's Youth Development Services has released the list of 2020 Service Honorees to area high schools. Thirty 12th grade students representing six local campuses will receive the award this month.
Graduating seniors who have contributed a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer time and training to the City of Salem during their high school careers have earned a commemorative graduation sash pin and congratulatory letter from Mayor Chuck Bennett. This is the 3rd year the Youth Development Services' Teen Action Team (TAT) Initiative has sponsored the award.
High Schools represented include: Blanchet Catholic, North Salem, McKay, McNary, Salem Academy, South Salem, Sprague, and West Salem.
Teen volunteer time was devoted to one or more of the following City programs and events:
Salem Public Library, COUNTRY Financial Kids Relays Event, ILEAD Youth Leadership Summit, Human Rights Commission, Center 50+, One Thousand Soles Shoe Drive for Youth In-Need, Salem Police Cadet Program, TAT Service Leadership Clubs, Salem Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting, and the CAREcorps program.
The TAT Initiative seeks to empower and equip young community members to partner with their peers, schools, businesses, nonprofits, and local government to create a more positive and healthy community while developing into service leaders.
For student interviews, email Laurie Shaw Casarez, Youth Outreach and Education Coordinator.
For more information on how to volunteer with the City of Salem, go to
2020 City of Salem Service Honors Recipients
Blanchet Catholic High School
McKay High School
Ashley Flores Guzman
McNary High School
North Salem High School
Ambar Ramirez Melendez
South Salem High School
Angelo Arredondo Baca
Mariana Barcenas Castillo
Sprague High School
West Salem High School