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YWCA North Orange County Honored by Fullerton Chamber of Commerce
 

Fullerton, CA - Rebeca Sofia Oropeza, 14 years old, of Yorba Linda, CA, a student at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
          
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. The YWCA North Orange County nominated Rebeca Sofia for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.
           
Rebeca developed a power point presentation to deal with her own bullying.  She became aware that the presentation was helping other students as bullying is so pervasive in the schools.  Later with the help of a wonderful mentor, her presentation was perfected and she turned into her Girl Scouts Silver Award. She has presented her power point at local elementary schools and twice at Fullerton College (at a Counseling and at Psychology classes).  During summer 2014, Rebeca was invited to the MANA National Conference in Washington, D.C. where she was the youngest presenter, addressing 75 high school girls from all over the USA.
          
“Working on this project definitely made me stronger.  I am no longer afraid to stand in from of strangers to speak. I have learned to turn a negative situation into a positive one. I have learned I am a strong leader and could inspire others to be better persons,” said Rebecca.
                       
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 America for outstanding volunteer service.  Retired Captain Lorraine Jones, President, YWCA of North Orange County, presented the Presidential Award for Volunteer Service at the March Board of Director’s Meeting.
    
“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” said Lorraine Jones. "Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life".
9th Grader Receives President's Volunteer Service Award
Bill McGarvey Scholarship
Bill McGarvey's Sons Award 2015 YWCANOC Scholarship Awards

The 7th Annual Bill McGarvey Scholarship Luncheon was held at the Brownstone's
Cafe, Fullerton. Pat McGarvey and Bill McGarvey III presented the scholarships on
behalf of their father, Mr. Bill McGarvey Jr., to Wanda Sabia and Janis Alexa
Smith.

Wanda Sabia is majoring in Liberal Studies at California State University Fullerton.
She currently works as an Academic Coordinator for elementary aged students.
She needs her degree to move forward in her chosen field of work. Wanda has
raised her family and put her personal growth on the back burner for the last 30
years. She is now focusing on reaching her personal goals to help others.

Janis Alexa Smith, was the second recipient of the Bill McGarvey Scholarship
award. She is majoring in Human Services. She selected this path from her
exposure to shattered families as a Family Law Paralegal. Those years of
interacting with adults battle with the final weaponry of divorce, being children and
money, made her decide to get somewhere on the preventive end and help people
before it is too late. Janis is expected to graduate in May 2015 with her Bachelors
of Science Degree.

The Bill McGarvey Jr., Scholarship recognizes and supports the efforts of the Adult
Reentry population and their decision to return to complete their education by
providing scholarships to students 27 years or older, attending California State
University Fullerton. Many Adult reentry students find themselves facing major
challenges such as supporting a family while working and attending classes, as
well as additional responsibilities that life experiences present.

A special thank you to the YWCA of North Orange County's Bill McGarvey Jr.,
Selection Committee: Rosalina Camacho, CSUF WoMen's Center, Rosamaria
Gomez-Amaro, YWCA Past President, Zina Gleason, YWCA Board Member,
Nancy Stock, YWCA Board Member, and staff, Diane Masseth-Jones, YWCA
CEO.
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