Walter B. Arnold, Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award
Walter B. Arnold Jr. admired the creativity, dreams and accomplishments of our community's youth and wanted to recognize and reward these talented young people. He was devoted to youth programs, community service and the celebration and recognition of young achievers.
The Youth Hall of Fame community service award recognizes noteworthy youth achievement for private and public middle and high school students from Miami-Dade County in service to their school and/or community.
- Open to all middle and high school students in public, private, parochial and home schools.
- Students should show an ability to lead and involve others in their community service project.
- Students should demonstrate perseverance, independence, creative and critical thinking skills.
- All services must be documented.
- Community service should be varied with one major community service project highlighted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Middle and high school students who invest their time and energy in helping others overcome hardships are eligible to win the award.
How many awards are allocated?
Four middle-school students and four senior high school students from public and private schools are selected every year.
What is the value of the award?
Finalists are also recognized in each of the five Regional Centers of Miami-Dade County Public Schools at the high school and middle school level. Private school finalists will be divided into the Regional Centers by the physical address of the school. Each finalist is awarded $100. One middle school and one high school Miami-Dade County student is selected each year to be inducted. Each inductee is awarded $1,000.
Youth Hall of Fame Inductees
|2001||Linda Oriental||Miami Jackson Senior High School|
|2002||Medardo Martin||Hialeah Senior High School|
|2003||Kathryn Zabielinski||Coral Reef Senior High School|
|2004||Alice Kim||Miami Palmetto Senior High School|
|2005||Harley N. Gould||Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School|
|2006||Laura E. Irastorza||Our Lady Of Lourdes Academy|
|2007||Judelys Gutierrez||Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School|
|2008||Kem Chatfield||Miami Carol City Senior High School|
|2009||Nicole Ludmir||Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School|
|2010||Dale Webster||Young Men’s Academy|
|2011||Manuel Macias||Christopher Columbus High School|
|2012||Angeline Pino||International Studies Charter Senior High School|
|2013||Betsy Trujillo||G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School|
|2014||Leila Schwarts||Coral Reef Senior High School|
|2014||Waleed Mneimneh||Palmer Trinity School|
|2015||Kimberly Foreiter||Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School|
|2016||Maribel Corona-Villa||Robert Morgan Educational Center|
|2017||Shawn Kouri||Hialeah Senior High School|
|2018||Anilegna Nuñez Abreu||South Miami Senior High School|
|2001||Kyle Amber||Palmetto Middle School|
|2002||Rigoberto L. Cabrera||Riviera Middle School|
|2003||Laura Irastorza||Epiphany School|
|2004||Leotha III Fleming||Allapattah Middle School|
|2005||Ethan Addicott||Highland Oaks Middle School|
|2006||Ashley Rempel||Arvida Middle School|
|2007||Natalie Buell||Homestead Middle School|
|2008||Michael V. Berrios||Miami Lakes Middle School|
|2009||Yhineeidy Castro||Henry H. Filer Middle School|
|2010||Tylor Davis||Southwood Middle School|
|2011||Kimberly C. Foreiter||John F. Kennedy Middle School|
|2012||Ashley Scarry||Southwood Middle School|
|2013||Joshua Williams||Ransom Everglades Middle School|
|2014||Sophie Barry||George Washington Carver Middle School|
|2015||Alyssa Cerber||George Washington Carver Middle School|
|2016||Gwendolyn Odin||Miami Springs Middle School|
|2017||Madison Amador||Leewood K-8 Center|
|2018||SaiLasya Munamarty||Archimedean Middle Conservatory|
As a child of the foster care system, Jazmin has firsthand knowledge of what it means to do without, to not have the normal childhood celebrations such as birthdays, parties, or holiday gift exchanges. That is until she was adopted in the sixth grade by a loving family. Her turning point was when her mom gave her a quinceañera celebration. Jazmin realized her calling was to be the quinces fairy godmother to teens in foster care by ensuring they had celebrations of the milestones in their lives that often go unacknowledged in foster care. This led to her creation of A Sweet Chance, a non-profit organization that brings a pampering and glamor to teens in foster care who are otherwise ignored when it comes to the extras in life. Jazmin recruited business and professionals in the community to donate their time and needed items to give these teens a night of glamour, music, food, and fun. Jazmin organized donations of outfits, hair styling, make-up, and photography professionals to turn each of these young ladies into a shining star. Jazmin knows just how important these moments are to get through tough times. She believes her efforts prove to these young ladies that they are special and worthwhile.
As a 6th grader at F.C. Martin K-8 Center, Joi Turner has earned many titles. Chef, CEO, entrepreneur, and philanthropist are just a few of them. At just 11 years old, Joi is the founder, Chef, and CEO of Delivering Joi, an organization that collects donated food and turns it into meals for those in need. Joi’s mission is to bring the food to people in need. Delivering Joi provides meals to neighbors and other community members who need them without discriminating based upon living conditions. She solicited donations of food and turned them into meals. She cooks, packs, and delivers those meals to anyone who she sees in the area in need. Joi sees herself getting others involved in using their talents to help those around them. Joi’s teacher sees her drive, intelligence, and immense heart as an unbeatable combination. Her classmates see this, too, as she has motivated some of them to join her in bettering the community.