Winters High School Class of 2021 graduate Mallory Layne was selected as one of three 2021 recipients of a Yolo Youth Service Award (YoYoSA) from the Yolo Community Foundation (YCF), for their dedication as youth volunteers engaging with local nonprofit organizations. Meg Stallard, YCF Board of Directors President and Scholarship Committee Chair, said the YoYoSA scholarships were established to honor students who have performed community service with a nonprofit in Yolo County, to encourage students to volunteer in their community, and to support the nonprofits that they volunteer with. “The main purpose of this award is for us to show how much we value young people who give their own time to help others. Yolo County is a better place because of them,” Stallard said. “We know this has been a challenging year to be a high school senior, and we appreciate the good work we know these students have done and will continue to do to serve their communities. We wish them the best in their future educational endeavors.” YCF, an affiliate of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, awards high school seniors who have served at least 60 hours with a Yolo County nonprofit organization during their junior and/or senior year of high school with a $1,000 scholarship for post-high school education endeavors, which may include college, vocational or technical institute. Additionally, the nonprofit organization sponsoring each YoYoSA student recipient are awarded a $500 grant. YCF encourages all students to volunteer with local nonprofits in their communities because they provide students with a growth opportunity, and the entire community benefits from their actions and efforts. Stafford called it a win-win situation for all and she encourages Winters nonprofits and organizations to offer opportunity to work with young volunteers. “Volunteer work is a great way to help build community, now and into the future,” Stallard said. “We hope that the nonprofit experience students have during high school will carry into their futures and that they will continue to be productive and contributing members of their communities, wherever that may be.” The awards were established in 2007 to reward Yolo County youth for volunteer work with local nonprofit organizations, and to recognize the importance of developing and cultivating a sense of community and service within the youth of Yolo County, and encourages local nonprofits to engage with youth volunteers. The scholarship committee requests letters of recommendation/support from the nonprofits that the students work with/for and consider each candidates’ leadership abilities, commitment to the community service work, the specific project(s) worked on, and the student’s maturity and reliability. At Winters High School, Layne was an active member of the Rotary Interact Club all four years. As Co-President this year, Layne worked to keep the 20 to 30 members engaged when they had to move to virtual meetings. She spearheaded the “Pen Pals with Our Elders” program, finding pen pals for the students with the help of the local Meals on Wheels program. Layne also organized a drive-through Trick-or-Treat event for students at the elementary school. She engaged in many other community outreach activities this past year to expand the club’s reach during the pandemic closures. Bob Schultz, Rotary Club of Winters, worked with the WHS Interact program for the past few years. He said Layne did a great job under difficult circumstances. Schultz said Layne and co-president ran the meetings very efficiently and accomplished projects during the year which was difficult with the pandemic. “Whenever I asked Mallory for anything, she always responded promptly and respectfully,” said Schultz. “She is a smart young woman with a good solid character. She has a bright future.” Stallard noted the scholarship committee was impressed with the initiative Layne took to get in touch with Meals on Wheels to see who they were serving in Winters so she could connect student ‘pen pals’ with them. Stallard said this year they received seven applications and the committee was challenged with having to select only a few. “All seven students did great work with, and for the nonprofits they volunteered with, especially during this school year when working on site wasn’t generally possible,” said Stallard. “We were impressed with how they all worked to continue their volunteer work in spite of the pandemic.” The scholarship committee, Stallard said, appreciates the community support for all students and all the nonprofits that serve the community they love. The other two YoYoSA scholarship recipients include Hollie Truong a graduate of River City High School in West Sacramento and Alexander Di a graduate of Davis High School. Learn more about the Yolo Community Foundation, and the opportunities and resources it offers online at https://www.yolocf.org/.