The Young Ambassadors for the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center located in Steubenville are sophomores, juniors and seniors from area high schools with 19 sudents from the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, Indian Creek High School and Steubenville High School participating in the program, according to Barb Steitz, chair for the Young Ambassadors.
The Young Ambassadors spend several months before the annual Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center gala planning and participating in fundraising events for the health center while learning about health care needs within their own community, Steitz explained.
This year's gala, the seventh-annual one, will be held on April 21 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the semi-formal event (black tie optional) that will include dinner, more than $10,000 in donated prizes through a live auction and mystery boxes and recognition of area honorees.
Tickets are $35 each, and sponsorship packages are available and appreciated, according to Ann Quillen, executive director of the center whose mission it is to provide quality health care to the medically uninsured and underserved of Jefferson County.
For information, contact Quillen at (740) 283-2856. The Fax number is (740) 283-2932. The website is www.jcfshc.org.
Dr. Frank Petrola, medical director of the center since its opening, and his wife, Eileen, are this year's event chairs.
The Young Ambassadors will don formal attire and be on hand at the gala where they will greet and seat guests as they arrive and assist in selling drawing tickets and mystery boxes.
As fundraisers for the center this year, the Young Ambassadors sold tubes of M&M's for the "Money For Meds" program, assisted with the Heywood Banks Comedy Show, held a pancake breakfast at Wintersville United Methodist Church, conducted a bake sale at Trinity's Heartland at the Fort Steuben Mall and sold drawing tickets.
Some Young Ambassadors held individual fundraisers at their schools or churches.
"The Young Ambassador Program is a great opportunity for the young people in our community to learn the importance of philanthropy and to gain valuable fundraising skills," Steitz said. In addition, the juniors and seniors compete for college scholarship money prizes. The sophomores compete for a Visa gift card.
"We will be awarding three scholarships this year, one $1,000 and two $500 scholarships," Steitz said. "The winning sophomore will receive a gift card. Winners are based on the top fundraisers and a point system that is based on meetings and other scheduled events that the Young Ambassadors are invited to participate in," Steitz said.
The time that the Young Ambassadors put into the program is counted as community service hours and is applicable for high school awards.
Students interested in being a Young Ambassador can contact Quillen at the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center, which is located at 701 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.
Since opening its doors in March 2006, the center has provided care for more than 10,000 patients visits. In 2012 alone, it provided more than 1,500 patient visits to 561 patients.
Patients are offered various health services and programs such as management and detection of chronic diseases, including diabetes and hypertension; referral services to programs offered by local organizations; diabetes education classes; and smoking cessation classes.
The Young Ambassadors are:
FAITH BAUMAN, a senior at Steubenville High School
Parents: Bobbyjon and Renee Bauman
Activities: Show Choir, Starkdale Presbyterian Church Choir, Crossroads Youth Ministry, Starkdale Youth Ministry, National Honor Society, forensics, musicals at Cambridge High School, Crossroads Church Christmas program, solo and ensemble.
Bauman plans to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville to pursue a degree in middle childhood education, specializing in English and social studies.
MARIA BILLINGSLEY, a junior at Jefferson County JVS (Buckeye Local High School)
Parents: Shelley and Arnold Trouten Jr.
Activities: Softball, Weirton Medical Center "Helping Hand," Trinity Health System volunteer, Health Technology Program, Health Occupations Students of America, cheering and dance, track team.
Billingsley plans to attend a four-year college to pursue a degree in nursing.
KATIE CHING, a junior at Steubenville High School
Parents: Jocelyn and Ernie Ching
Activities: Band, choir, jazz band, Thespians, BETA Club, Key Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club, steel drum band
Ching hopes to attend college in New York, New Jersey or Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in nursing.
TARYN GRODHAUS, a junior at the Jefferson County JVS (Edison High School)
Parents: David and Patty Grodhaus
Activities: The Jaycees Charity, Ruriteens, band, flag line, track team, pep band, jazz band, Memories of More Nursing Home
Grodhaus plans to attend Eastern Gateway Community College, then transfer to Kent State University or Trinity School of Nursing to pursue a career in nursing. She hopes to continue her education to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
MALIEKA GURRERA, a junior at Indian Creek High School
Parents: Patrick and Stacy Gurrera
Activities: Key Club, Soccer, SADD
Gurrera plans to attend a four-year college to pursue a degree yet to be determined.
LAKIN HARKINS,a junior at Jefferson County JVS (Buckeye Local High School)
Parents: Dwain and Paula Harkins
Activities: Cheerleader for Mingo Chiefs, Young Buckeyes and Buckeye Local High School, gymnastics
Harkins plans to attend Akron University to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse practitioner.
ALEXANDRA INOMATA, a senior at Catholic Central High School
Parents: Kenji and Maria Inomata
Activities: Band, Catholic Daughters Club, drama club
Inomata plans to pursue a career in nursing and to further her education to become a nurse practitioner.
CHELSEA JENKINS, a junior at Jefferson County JVS (Edison High School)
Parents: Lisa and Rodney Jenkins and Rich Stephens
Activities: Cheerleader, basketball, dance, 4-H, youth group, swim team, lifeguard, Girl Scouts, Skills USA, first in basic health care, junior leader
Jenkins plans to attend college to pursue a degree in pediatric nursing. She hopes to further her education for a career as a nurse practitioner.
CHELSIE KINDSVATTER, a junior at Jefferson County JVS Steubenville High School)
Parents: Steve and Heather Lucas
Activities: Cheering for Mingo Chiefs and Indian Creek, gymnastics, tumbling, Key Club, pagentry
Kindsvatter plans to attend Duquesne University for a career in occupational therapy.
MARK LOPEZ, a senior at Catholic Central High School
Parents: Dr. and Mrs. Francisco Lopez
Activities: National Honor Society, academic letter, Trinity Health System volunteer, Energy Express volunteer reading mentor, CCHS golf team, CCHS bowling team, Key Club, Foreign Language Club, SADD
Lopez has been accepted to the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering & Applied Science where he plans to obtain a master's degree in biomedical engineering. He would like to pursue a career in research and development in the medical product industry.
JAKE MAMULA, a senior at Indian Creek High School
Parents: David and Connie Duffy
Activities: National Honors Society, Key Club, football, wrestling, tennis, track, Boy Scouts, All OVAC Academic Team (football), academic letter, Future Gold Key Recipient, Foreign Language Club, coach for Upward Basketball
Mamula has been accepted to the Honors College at Mount Union College to study biochemistry.
SARAH MAMULA, a junior at Steubenville High School
Parents: Eli and Eileen Mamula
Activities: Beta Club, Key Club, marching band, concert band, orchestra, jazz band, a capella choir, jazz chair, steel drum band, mock trial, drama club, Thesbian Society
Mamula plans to attend college, majoring in musical performance with the double bass as her primary instrument and minoring in music education.
KATHERINE MOORE, a sophomore at Catholic Central High School
Parents: Connie and Jamie Moore
Activities: Central soccer, marching band, concert band, fine arts (school play), SADD, foreign language club, Key Club, altar server at Triumph of the Cross Parish, vocal coach for Bishop John King Mussio Elementary, school glee choir
Moore plans to attend college to pursue a career in vocal performance and music therapy.
ASHLEY SANTORO, a senior at Indian Creek High School
Parents: Debbie and Tony Santoro
Activities: Cheerleader, band, Key Club, SADD, student council, prom committee, Chiefs cheerleader, yearbook and newspaper committee
Santoro plans to attend Kent State University to study fashion merchandising and communications.
HAELY WEDDINGTON, a junior at Jefferson County JVS (Indian Creek High School)
Parents: Ginger and John Weddington
Activities: Cheerleader, dance, gymnastics, choir, Trinity Health System volunteer
Weddington plans to pursue a career as a nurse anesthetist.
ALYSON WESTFALL, a senior at Steubenville High School
Parents: Lori Westfall
Activities: Orchestra, Trinity Health System volunteer
Westfall plans to attend Francis Marion University, majoring in pharmacy.
LASHAUNA WILSON, a junior at Steubenville High School
Parents: Barbara Wilson and Lonnie Wilson
Activities: Big Red band, volleyball, basketball manager, pep band, jazz band, Upward Bound, church choir, church usher, track
Wilson plans to attend Eastern Gateway Community College, transferring to a four-year college to major in early childhood education.
JOCELYN WOLPERT, a junior at Indian Creek High School
Parents: Darlene Byard and James Wolpert
Activities: Key Club, cheerleader, cheerleading letter, babysitter, Trinity Home Health volunteer, soccer, soccer letter, Urban Mission volunteer, principal's list, Relay for Life volunteer
Wolpert plans to attend Ohio State University to pursue a degree in law.
ANTHONY YOUNG, a senior at Indian Creek High School
Parents: John and Lisa Young
Activities: Indian Creek soccer, Indian Creek baseball, National Honor Society, Indian Creek youth basketball, league volunteer
Young plans to attend a four-year college to pursue an education in actuary science, biology or physics, with plans to further his career as a qualified actuary or physician.