HUMANITAS Executive Director Cathleen Young Honored by Youth Non-Profit KidUnity
HUMANITAS Executive Director Cathleen Young received KidUnity’s Humanitarian of the Year Award at an event hosted by the Milken Institute in Santa Monica on November 2. The award recognizes an individual who has distinguished his or herself by inspiring young people to serve others.
KidUnity is a non-profit created to connect young people to their communities and inspire and prepare students for a lifetime of service and leadership through innovative, fun, and engaging programs.
“Cathleen was instrumental in supporting KidUnity's efforts this past year and exemplified the spirit of the award by inspiring young people to serve their community,” said KidUnity Co-Founder David Snow.
Young received the award at the organization’s end-of-semester “commencement,” during which students shared the various issues and projects they had tackled over the previous eight-week period. Philanthropist and education advocate Michael Milken treated the students to math games from Mike’s Math Club, as well as dinner catered by Beth Ginsberg. Ben Allen, who was recently elected California State Senator, also attended the event and encouraged the students to continue their community service efforts.
KidUnity’s young participants announced funding awards to two organizations during the evening: Upward Bound House, a Santa Monica-based homeless shelter for families, and UNICEF. The funds were provided by the GTRB Foundation and entrusted to the students to designate where they felt the donation could have the greatest impact.
KidUnity was founded by Snow and Peter Sheehy and grew out of Snow’s work at Upward Bound House and Sheehy’s experience as an educator and his passion for service learning and civic engagement.
While at Upward Bound House, Snow says he often received calls from parents looking for volunteer opportunities for their children. “It was clear from these calls that there was unmet demand for age-appropriate, convenient and curated programs for kids and families,” he says.
Adds Sheehy: “It is imperative that the next generation understands service and civics. As with any other discipline—from academics to athletics—these skills need to be valued and developed from an early age. Our long-term goal is to have a variety of programs for children of all ages in cities around the country that teach, engage and inspire them to a lifetime of service leadership.”
KidUnity seeks to accomplish its goals through partnerships with service agencies, foundations, schools and corporate sponsors.
Sheehy, a father of three, has more than a decade of experience teaching at the high school and college levels. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Carlthorp School and is chairman of the Board of Trustees for the New Los Angeles Charter School.
Snow has two children and most recently served the executive director of Upward Bound House. He is also a member at large of Art of the Brain, part of the UCLA Foundation that supports brain cancer research and survivors.
To learn more about KidUnity, visit their website at: http://www.kidunity.us/