Modesto Mayor Seeks to Recognize Extraordinary Teens

Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh is searching for teens in Modesto who demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others; have overcome adversity or unique obstacles in life; achieved a significant accomplishment; or serve as positive role models for their peers. These teens will be named to the Mayor’s Top Teens program which aims to boost confidence, provide additional opportunities to get involved in the Modesto community, develop leaders, and meet other successful teens in Modesto. The Mayor’s Top Teens seeks to acknowledge those who do not routinely receive recognition for the remarkable things they do.

“This program recognizes youth who have overcome obstacles and yet have maintained academic excellence,” said Mayor Marsh. “PG&E is leading the way for all Modesto businesses. Their financial commitment of $5,000 will help ensure the success of this program and that Modesto teens receive recognition for their amazing accomplishments.”

The Mayor’s Top Teens program is a collaborative effort among local organizations that want to highlight the positive effects teens have on their communities. These organizations have a mission to create a change in the community’s perception of teens by promoting a more positive image of our youth.

“We are proud to partner with Mayor Marsh in support of this wonderful program recognizing the many exceptional teens in the Modesto area,” said Richard Dye from PG&E public affairs.

Organizations, civic groups, or individuals interested in joining PG&E to make a difference in a teenager’s life are encouraged to contact the Office of the Mayor and City Council at (209) 571-5169 for more information.

The programs goals are to: recognize a diverse group of high school teens who may not normally receive recognition; send a strong message to teenagers that they are valued in the community; collaborate with youth-serving organizations and businesses that advocate for and serve youth; as well as provide an opportunity for teens to participate in community service projects.

Teens currently in high school can be nominated for the 2012-2013 Mayor’s Top Teens program by teachers, counselors, friends, clergy or family (excluding parents). All nominees must be a current resident of Modesto and should be “unsung heroes or heroines.” The deadline for nominees is September 30, 2012. A nomination form is available online at www.modestogov.com/council/topteens and can be submitted online, or by mail, fax or email.