Student Recipient of President's Volunteer Service Award

Fox Chapel Area High School senior Yelim Lee has been named a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country. The award is granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Representatives from Fox Chapel Area High School nominated Yelim for the national honor this past fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

Yelim is the founder of the Pittsburgh area Project LOHIR (Pittsburgh Lending Our Hands to Immigrants and Refugees) and the Fox Chapel Area High School International Friends Club. She works to educate immigrants and refugees to expand their network and community resources; works with Latino youth, including activities that allowed them to connect to their heritage; creates and teaches math and science lesson plans for after-school programs at Casa San Jose (Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh); and volunteers with the Pittsburgh Refugee Ministry, primarily creating and implementing hands-on science experiments for children. She is also the founder and president of Fox Chapel Area High School’s chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), is the president of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and is the president and founder of the high school’s Asian Cultural Club. Yelim has also volunteered at UPMC Mercy, Volunteers of America-All of Us Care, YouthWorks, and the Pittsburgh Korean School.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across the country for outstanding volunteer service. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.

“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”