Washtenaw County 2018 Young Citizen of the Year Finalists

By: Avalon Housing

According to mlive, this is the 20th year Washtenaw County has celebrated a Young Citizen of the Year. The Ann Arbor News started the initiative in 1998 to recognize high school students who give back to the community in myriad ways, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation soon got involved to offer scholarships to the finalists.

“We think that the next generation will actually lift us all up, and this is simply one way of honoring the young adults who are going to lead us forward, frankly – and with this group of 13, sooner rather than later,” said Neel Hajra, president and CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

Congratulations Julius, from all of us at Avalon!

Age: 17

School: Pioneer High School senior

Parent: Elizabeth Bailey

Extracurriculars: leader for Avalon Housing Youth Leadership Program, which includes growing vegetables for Avalon’s food pantries and community meals, presenting nutritional information and helping with community events; involved with poetry slams and rapping at Neutral Zone events; and intern for the literary arts program at the Neutral Zone.

Nominated by: Adam Reichenberger, supervisor for Avalon Housing Youth Leadership Program

“Julius is a natural leader, who is focused and determined,” Reichenberger said in his nomination. “He has faced many obstacles in his life and always maintains a drive to overcome them. The service that he has provided to our Avalon community has been invaluable – not only assisting those in need, but being a positive role model for his younger peers. He has a joyful, positive impact on all those around him.”

Holston said his volunteerism has made him feel more accepted within the community.

To read the full mlive article, click here.

Layton Price, Lauren Velez, Julius and Mollie Richards
Julius with his award!