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Bailey award nominations needed

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@h-ponline.com

The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) of Huntington County is looking for nominations for the 19th annual Steven L. Bailey Memorial Award, to continue recognizing those in the community who have positively impacted the lives of youths and families.

Steven Bailey, a former board member and president for YSB, served the county in a variety of ways. Executive Director of YSB Jan Williams said not only was Bailey an active member of his church and a committed family man, but he also wanted to be able to help people find their truest potential.

She said Bailey always believed that everyone had value and wanted to help people see their potential even in the midst of hard times.

“His main belief was that we needed to be able to provide services that Huntington kids and families needed in a very respectful manner. With the emphasis on working with whatever that youth and family needed to succeed. So without using our prejudices that we really needed to accept where they are,” Williams explained.

Williams went on to say that what he envisioned for the agency back then has since started to come to fruition, including information regarding trauma, viewing people as strength based etc.

When Bailey unexpectedly died from an illness, Williams said they wanted to keep his passion alive not only within their organization but to continue developing programs and expand the organization.

Keeping what he strived for in mind, Williams said they wanted to be able to recognize those throughout the community who are working with a similar passion and vision as Bailey.

“Keeping it in the forefront, recognizing those people that have the same belief and passion and vision,” she said. “there’s a lot of great people out there in our community doing a lot of great work and they don’t do it for the recognition. We really want to recognize and pat on the back and say, we have noticed this.”

Nominations are not restricted to those within YSB and can be for either an individual or a group.

“It can be a church. Tt can be another social service. It can be city or county government. It can be anyone who has worked with or has witnessed a person or group of people,” she said.

Last year, Williams said they also opened up nominations to the youth as well, which will continue this year.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 7, but Williams said they can accept them through Dec. 11 since the panel will be reviewing them on Dec. 12.

Those interested in nominating someone can pick up a nomination form from the YSB office located on Maple Drive, though Williams said the easiest and quickest way would be to email nominations to adm@ysbofhuntingtonco.org.

YSB will recognize the organization’s volunteers as well as the winner of the award at the annual dinner YSB dinner which is scheduled for Jan. 24.