Westfield Youth Assistance Program breakfast to recognize kids

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The Westfield Youth Assistance Program will conduct its ninth annual Westfield Youth Recognition Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. March 20 at the IMMI Conference Center, 18880 N. East St.

The breakfast is free to attend.

Mayor Andy Cook pauses with Mia Shinault during a past WYAP recognition breakfast. (File photo)

“This will be the ninth year we have honored some deserving youth here in Westfield. Westfield Youth Assistance Program hosts the event along with some wonderful sponsors,” WYAP Early Intervention Advocate Christine Brown said. “Westfield Washington Schools submits nominations and a committee sifts through the nominations to choose 12 to 15 youth that will be honored at the breakfast.”

To be nominated, students must have overcome adversity or tragedy at home or school; demonstrated a profound attitude or behavior change; performed personal acts of heroism; or shown strong academic improvement.

“It is such an honor to recognize these amazing youth. They have overcome and been through more in their young lives than most adults,” Brown said. “We want to recognize them, encourage them and let them know that we think they are special and to keep up the amazing things they are doing.”

To surprise the students, WYAP doesn’t release their names prior to the breakfast. There will be a slide show of the honorees, who will be presented an award. They also will take home a frame, gift card and a goodie bag.

RSVPs are required by Feb. 28. To RSVP, email Brown at cbrown@westfield.in.gov.

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