Seton Youth Shelters Presents Scholarships and Board of Directors at 2017 Annual Meeting

August 25th, 2017 For Immediate Release

Contact: Melissa Ramsey

Public Relations Specialist

757.963.5795 x 103

mramsey@setonyouthshelters.org

SETON YOUTH SHELTERS ANNOUNCES BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Seton Youth Shelters Presents Scholarships and Board of Directors at 2017 Annual Meeting

Virginia Beach, VA — During its July 25th, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors, Seton Youth Shelters announced its officers and board members for the 2017-2018 year. Continuing as President is Reverend Mark Wilkinson, Rector of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church; Vice-President Dr. Maxine Singleton; Secretary James White Regional Director for Safelite; Treasurer John Babcock, President of Roof Services Corporation; and Immediate past President Dr. Steven Waranch.

Following its business meeting and announcement of continuing officers, the organization presented three awards from the TowneBank Donna Rowe Memorial Scholarship fund. Since 2007, Seton Youth Shelters has awarded the TowneBank Donna Rowe Memorial Scholarship to deserving Hampton Roads teens, which have benefitted from our organizations’ Shelter, Street Outreach or Mentoring Programs, to assist furthering their education for a better life. Along with a cash award, two recipients received a Dell PC, keyboard and monitor courtesy of BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. The third PC awarded was courtesy of Volunteer Hampton Roads.

The three TowneBank Donna Rowe Memorial Scholarship recipients were Mokera Wilson, Breon Shields, and Ashley Brown. Mokera has been a mentee in the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program since 2012. Mokera will be attending Tidewater Community College in the Fall as a Nursing Major, and she has maintained A/B Honor Roll throughout 10th, 11th and 12th Grades. Breon has been a mentee in the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program since 2009. Breon plans to attend Tidewater Community College in January as a Theatre Arts Major, and is also an Upward Bound Member. HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) Member Ashley has been a HYPE Member for 2 years and she plans to attend Old Dominion University in the Fall as a Nursing Major. Ashley’s current volunteer experience includes HYPE, CHKD, Key Club, FBLA, ICHEF, Final 4 Mentor to the Class of 2020.

Since 1985, Seton Youth Shelters has provided emergency shelter and crisis counseling for youth, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the goal of reuniting youth and their families through solution-focused, reality-based programs at no charge to the child or their family. Each year, Seton serves more than 14,000 Hampton Roads youth with a focus on prevention, intervention, shelter and counseling. Through its shelter, street outreach and mentoring programs, Seton Youth Shelters is the region’s only organization devoted exclusively to providing shelter, counseling and outreach services to youth 9-17 in crisis and their families—24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no charge to the child or their family. “We have weathered a challenging year following the loss of nearly $300,000 in federal funding,” stated Jennifer Sieracki, Executive Director of Seton Youth Shelters. “We look forward to a new year with new opportunities, and to reaching thousands of youth in our region and beyond.”

For more information about Seton Youth Shelters and its programs and services, contact Public Relations Specialist, Melissa Ramsey at 757.963.5795 x103 or mramsey@setonyouthshelters.org.