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Folks You Should Know: Joshua Young

April 15th, 2013 12:12 pm by Katina Rose

Folks You Should Know: Joshua Young

Josh, the son of Brent and Anna Young, has accumulated over 134 volunteer hours throughout his high school career. He is a TN/VA Scholar, which requires a minimum of 80 community service hours before high school graduation.

It is always encouraging to hear about a young adult being responsible and receiving recognition for time and effort put into the community. A wonderful example of this is Joshua Young’s story.


Joshua, a Dobyns-Bennett High School senior, has been honored for his volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.


The award, which recognizes young people across America who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.


Josh, the son of Brent and Anna Young, has accumulated over 134 volunteer hours throughout his high school career. He is a TN/VA Scholar, which requires a minimum of 80 community service hours before high school graduation.


Josh is very humble and gracious when speaking about the honor.


"I knew I had a significant number of hours, but I was still blown away when I received the award," he said.


He started volunteering with his church youth group at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


"At the end of the day I had a great feeling knowing that I was making a difference in peoples' lives and, once I started, I couldn’t wait to volunteer for the next project," he said.


His mother, Anna, credits his service-oriented spirit for his love of helping others.


"Josh is always the first one out the door to assist those in need," she said.


As a typical teenager, he enjoys hanging out with friends while volunteering, but the feeling of satisfaction after completing a project has made him exceed the hours expected of most high school students. By graduation of May 2013, he is expected to have more than 160 volunteer service hours.


His service has covered a wide array of areas which include: Eagle Scout projects for John Sevier Middle School, the Children’s Advocacy Center, the City of Kingsport and Kingsport City Schools; assisting with refurbishing buildings for St. Dominic’s Catholic Church; trash pickup for the City of Maryville; singing to the elderly at Bristol Senior Center; cleanups at Lynn View Middle School, Model City garage and Warriors Path State Park Boundless playground; volunteer hours at the Hammond House; Greenbelt plantings; moving several individuals and assisting in the tornado relief for Glade Springs, Va.


Even after receiving the award, Josh has continued to help others. He helped blaze a trail at a 4-H Club in Greeneville and has assisted with several moves for community families. This month, he plans to participate again in the annual Day of Service on April 20, at the Boundless Playground at Warriors’ Path.


"Dobyns-Bennett is very proud of the service Mr. Young has provided back to the Kingsport community," said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal, Dobyns-Bennett High School. "Recognition by the Prudential organization is quite the honor for both Josh and Dobyns-Bennett."


Young plans to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho in the fall and, after a year of college, intends to complete his mission service before returning to finish his college career.

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