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Los Alamitos Youth Center recognizes 12-year-old Stellar Volunteer

As reported last week, The Youth Center recently recognized four extraordinary youth volunteers by surprising them at their homes. The four were selected from hundreds who were nominated for the prestigious 2021 Stellar Volunteer Award. This year’s awardees of $500 scholarships were: Lukas Evert, Katie Recker, Davis Taylor and Kirsten Okamoto. Today, we focus on an amazing young man, Davis Taylor, a Los Alamitos resident nominated by the Seal Beach Leos.

Stellar Volunteer Davis Taylor with family members after a surprise visit from the Youth Center to recognize his volunteer efforts on behalf of the Youth Center. Courtesy photo.
Stellar Volunteer Davis Taylor with family members after a surprise visit from the Youth Center to recognize his volunteer efforts on behalf of the Youth Center. Courtesy photo.

Davis was recognized for his passion for helping and volunteering, even during a pandemic. He continually found ways to help not only his community, but his classmates as well. Davis is a Director in the Seal Beach Leo club, and is the one Leo who consistently stepped up to volunteer his time in the few projects the Leos had the opportunity to do since the beginning of the pandemic.

His mother, Charisma Reyes said, “Davis’s passion for doing community service dates back to when he was four years old and he would help us with beach clean ups while we lived in Hawaii”.

This last year, Davis collected shoes for the Youth Center’s shoe drive, set up a food collection on his front steps for the Lion’s district wide food drive, (collecting 800 pounds of food), worked the Lion’s Breakfast with Santa project, labored tirelessly at the Youth Center tree lot drive, hung posters for the Lion’s Pasta drive, and consistently attended Leo meetings.

One of Davis’s passions is helping little children. Davis is a volunteer at the Mary Wilson library, reading to kindergarten children; something he will continue to do when time allows during the school year.

Davis’s other passion is video editing. He is in his school’s choir and because there were no in-person practices, Davis recorded the zoom call practice sessions with the choir members and then compiled all the students singing into one cohesive video. He also recommended that all the choir members record themselves practicing and send him their practice videos, which he again compiled into one video, adding virtual backgrounds and editing to near-perfection. Davis has also begun helping his kindergarten sister with assembling various videos for her monthly assignments. For his elective class this coming school year, Davis chose leadership.

“Davis is a truly exceptional young man with a natural desire to volunteer and serve. He has a wonderful imagination, a great attitude, and a spectacular personality,” said Lina Lumme, Executive Director of The Youth Center. “Davis is destined for great adventures in life,” she concluded.

For more information about the A Night Among the Stars event or to nominate an outstanding youth volunteer for 2022, visit www.theyouthcenter.org/a-night-among-the-stars.

The Youth Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform children’s lives one family at a time through collaborative social, educational and recreational programs. Since the birth of the Youth Center in 1952, The Youth Center has been honored to establish valuable partnerships within the community and acknowledges their critical importance in the organization’s current and future success. For additional information on The Youth Center, please call 562-493-4043 or visit www.TheYouthCenter.org.

The article and photo above were released by The Youth Center.