Walter B. Arnold, Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award

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.

2023 Youth Hall of Fame information coming soon.

  • 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
High School
2001Linda OrientalMiami Jackson Senior High School
2002Medardo MartinHialeah Senior High School
2003Kathryn ZabielinskiCoral Reef Senior High School
2004Alice KimMiami Palmetto Senior High School
2005Harley N. GouldDr. Michael Krop Senior High School
2006Laura E. IrastorzaOur Lady Of Lourdes Academy
2007Judelys GutierrezHialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School
2008Kem ChatfieldMiami Carol City Senior High School
2009Nicole LudmirDr. Michael Krop Senior High School
2010Dale WebsterYoung Men’s Academy
2011Manuel MaciasChristopher Columbus High School
2012Angeline PinoInternational Studies Charter Senior High School
2013Betsy TrujilloG. Holmes Braddock Senior High School
2014Leila SchwartsCoral Reef Senior High School
2014Waleed MneimnehPalmer Trinity School
2015Kimberly ForeiterDr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School
2016Maribel Corona-VillaRobert Morgan Educational Center
2017Shawn KouriHialeah Senior High School
2018Anilegna Nuñez AbreuSouth Miami Senior High School
Middle School
2001Kyle AmberPalmetto Middle School
2002Rigoberto L. CabreraRiviera Middle School
2003Laura IrastorzaEpiphany School
2004Leotha III FlemingAllapattah Middle School
2005Ethan AddicottHighland Oaks Middle School
2006Ashley RempelArvida Middle School
2007Natalie BuellHomestead Middle School
2008Michael V. BerriosMiami Lakes Middle School
2009Yhineeidy CastroHenry H. Filer Middle School
2010Tylor DavisSouthwood Middle School
2011Kimberly C. ForeiterJohn F. Kennedy Middle School
2012Ashley ScarrySouthwood Middle School
2013Joshua WilliamsRansom Everglades Middle School
2014Sophie BarryGeorge Washington Carver Middle School
2015Alyssa CerberGeorge Washington Carver Middle School
2016Gwendolyn OdinMiami Springs Middle School
2017Madison AmadorLeewood K-8 Center
2018SaiLasya MunamartyArchimedean Middle Conservatory

2019 Inductees
  • Jazmin Neadle

    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.

  • Joi Turner

    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.