June 21, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
A group of Mount Saint Mary College students were recently
recognized for their contributions to the community at 34th Annual
Orange County Executive’s Youth Bureau Awards.
Receiving the Asset Builder/Outstanding Business Community
Partner Award, for supporting and promoting “the well-being and
positive development of youth in the community,” were Natalis
Carmona of the Bronx, N.Y., a human services major; Elizabeth
Cipriano of the Bronx, N.Y., a nursing major; Raquel Rodriguez of
North Baldwin, N.Y., a biology major on the physical therapy track;
and Lisbel Tavarez of Brooklyn, N.Y., a sociology-criminology
They were nominated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange
These students worked extensively with the Mount’s Aging United
club. They also volunteered with the Relatives as Parents Program
(RAPP, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County); the
Mount’s Center on Aging and Policy; and the AgeLink Program, which
is a collective effort between the Mount, Orange County Office for
the Aging, and the Newburgh Armory Unity Center.
In addition to offering support and guidance to RAPP youth, the
Mount volunteers, who are fluent in Spanish, help caregivers to
communicate and work through the challenges of raising a relative’s
“We are very excited and very proud of these students,” said
Lawrence T. Force, Mount professor of psychology, gerontologist,
and director of the college’s Center on Aging and Policy.
Force helped facilitate the Mount/Cornell collaboration about
five years ago.
Another Mount student, Nick Mancuso of Smithtown, N.Y., a human
services major, was proud to receive the Asset Builder-Outstanding
Youth Worker award for his “dedication and commitment to improving
the quality of life for youth.”