Mount students receive awards for community service

June 21, 2016

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 major.

They were nominated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County.

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 child.

“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.”