Mayor of Newark Honors Youth for Public and Community Service
Youth Receive Prestigious Jefferson Award for Their Achievements

Press Release from the Jefferson Awards Foundation:

Newark, DE, April 12, 2017- Addierose Best, Aliza Eduljee, Braeden Mannering, Child HELP Youth Board, Days of Summer Camp, Ethan Downs, Healthy Kids Running Series, Lily Fish, MOT Charter School, Seth Bale, Sierra RyanWallick, youth from the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club, the University of Delaware Parking Services, Newark High School Basketball and Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be honored tonight during a ceremony at 6:00PM by Mayor Polly Sierer for their outstanding service in the community through the Jefferson Awards LEAD360 challenge. This year a total of 104 service projects were submitted in Delaware with over 149,000 lives impacted and a financial impact of over $938,000. The City of Newark’s 13 projects engaged 3,375 volunteers, generated 6,710 volunteer hours, impacted 35,150 lives for a total financial value of $158,000. All the projects and ideas that were submitted to the challenge will be recognized by Mayor Sierer tonight at 6:00pm at Grain Kraft Bar & Kitchen on Main Street.

LEAD360 is the platform that powers youth service ideas: to realize their vision, act as the megaphone for their voice, empower them & the country to ACT with MAXIMUM IMPACT. Launched in 2010, this program has recognized over 6,900 Delaware youth in 578 service projects in collaboration with the offices of seven Mayors including Dover, Georgetown, Lewes, Milford, Newark, Seaford, and Wilmington.

In Phase 2 of the LEAD360 Challenge, three national youth projects were activated in 2016 in the areas of Hunger and Poverty called Score on Hunger, Health and Wellness called Teddy Grams for Troops, and Peace and Justice called Survivor Packs. Delaware participants in these projects were the University of Delaware Parking Services, MOT Charter School 2nd & 3rd Grades, St. George’s High School, Braden Mannering for Brae’s Brown Bags, Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club, Laverty Lane Housing, Seaford High School JDG program, William Henry Middle School Stars Program, Delmarva Christian School, Delaware Students in Action program, Nor Enterprises, and Martina Duffy. The collective impact for all these projects had a financial value of over $49,000 and impacted over 7,400 lives. More information about these projects and the 2017 national winning projects can be found at

Mayor Sierer states, “It is so inspiring to see the youth in our community so passionate about service to others. Any idea, small or large, can make such a difference in the lives of others. LEAD360 is a tremendous opportunity to learn leadership skills, idea building, working towards a common goal with others, empowerment and a sense of accomplishment. I see kids making a difference and am so very proud to be a part of the Jefferson Awards Foundation LEAD360.”

Sam Beard, Founder and President Emeritus of the Jefferson Awards Foundation stated, “LEAD360 is designed to seek outstanding youth ideas and replicate them nationwide. For the past seven years, Delaware has been the nation’s leader in this program and has once again distinguished itself by the number of youth engaged, lives impacted, and people activated.”

Mayor’ Top Project: Sierra RyanWallick, Project Earth Love
Sierra Ryan-Wallick has always been passionate about protecting and taking care of the environment. She is an advocate for reducing our populations waste output through means of recycling and use of renewable energy. Also, Sierra noticed our society uses and throws away a lot of plastic bags. Her aspirations for environmental sustainability, and recognition of our excessive plastic bag consumption, led Sierra to come up with the campaign, “Project Earth Love”. This initiative provides a second life for all those plastic bags we throw away. Project Earth Love includes collecting plastic bags, cutting them into strips, and weaving the strips together to make bracelets, necklaces, belts, or other accessories. By repurposing these plastic bags, Sierra provides an alternative to the environmentally harmful track the bags may have taken.

About the Jefferson Awards Foundation
The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) powers others to have maximum impact on the things they care about most. Through Celebration, they inspire action. With programs and partnerships, they drive Americans to change their communities and the world. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: or engage with their community on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook.


Michele P. Fidance
Jefferson Awards Foundation