Calvert High School senior Dorien Minor lights a candle after receiving his “Champions for Children” honor at Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth Incorporated’s annual celebration.

Prince Frederick, MD – Why wouldn’t you want to help kids? It beats complaining about them. The organization Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth Incorporated (3CY)—formerly known as Calvert Crusade for Children—has been proving for two decades that a little bit of guidance goes a long way.

The collaborative celebrated its 20th anniversary Friday evening, May 11 at Calvert Elks Lodge. The program included the presentation of the organization’s annual Champions for Children Awards.

“We have our hands in so many things,” said 3CY Board of Directors President Guffrie Smith, who served as the program’s master of ceremonies. Indeed, the organization has a list of past accomplishments—including a busy agenda from 2017 along with nine current projects and goals. The collaborative was spawned by the creation of America’s Promise Alliance in 1997. That alliance was designed to create conditions that help children achieve success. The alliance was chaired by General Colin Powell. Calvert’s Crusade for Children began the following year.

Among the organizations caught in the 3CY’s positive vortex are Calvert County Family Network, Calvert County Public Schools, the Prince Frederick Coalition, East John Community Center, National Night Out, Calvert Interfaith Council and United Way of Calvert County.

Five individuals and one sorority were honored as 2018 “Champions.” Registered nurse Cindy Lohman of the Calvert County Health Department was recognized for her work to promote healthy children through a special healthcare needs program. Calvert County Public Schools learning specialist for health and physical education Caitlyn Fregelette was commended for her work in helping students understand the importance of healthy lifestyles. Deputy State’s Attorney Kathryn Marsh received a Champion award for “strong families” through her prosecution of family-related crimes. Two high school seniors—Kenadi Parran Wilkerson of Huntingtown High School (HHS) and Dorien Minor of Calvert High School—received recognition for “youth leadership.” Wilkerson was commended for being a role model at school and after school with her involvement in her church’s youth group. She is also involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at HHS. Minor’s consistent youth leadership began almost a decade ago when he started the “Back to School Blessing” at Carroll Western United Methodist Church. The Omega Pi Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. received Champion recognition for various programs including playground renovation projects.

In addition to saluting individual volunteers and donors, 3CY leaders commended their three corporate donors—Marshall & Associates Insurance, Dream Weaver’s Catering and Bayside Toyota.

Smith announced 3CY will be hosted a National Night Out block party Aug. 7 at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center in Prince Frederick.

For more information about the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth Incorporated, visit their web site.

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