The Volunteer Spirit GOBY Award recognizes an individual who, through his or her volunteer efforts, embodies all that is true community service which is why Ebony Belmar is the recipient! Congratulations, we can’t wait to honor you with this award on April 14th, 2015 at the 2015 GOBY Awards Ceremony!

Ebony Belmar has been a strong volunteer participant in the Working Group on Girls (WGG) program which began eleven years ago with local community forums on girls’ issues. The Girls’ Day Out/Girls’ Circle began program six years ago, and Ebony has been a key player. She has been the main organizer of the Girls Day Out workshops; recruiting community workshop leaders and creating new workshop topics, such as ‘Surviving 7th grade and beyond’ with older girls on a panel and ‘Lose the Tude’ introducing girls to relaxation and calming strategies, dealing with negative influences. Ebony has been an important member of the Planning Committee and now is on the new Board of Directors. She is the liaison between WGG and the schools and plays an important role recruiting adult Muses from the community to colead Girls’ Circles, even serving as a Muse herself one year. Ebony exudes boundless positive energy which, combined with her intelligent and creative approach to responsibilities and challenges, results in tasks completed on time with superior results.

In addition, to the Working Group on Girls and Girls Day Out and Boys Day Out, she was an active participant in the Community Empowerment Partnership, a group that was formed to address the suicide contagion in the community in 2011-2012. She is currently involved in Bridges Out of Poverty and was very instrumental in getting young people to participate in a conference in December 2014, “A Call to Action for Schenectady’s Youth.” This is an effort of a coalition of citizens and organizations who believe that our community is in a pivotal position regarding the well-being and empowerment of our youth.

Ebony Belmar inspires young people to strive to live up to their greatest potential. She has the wonderful and rare capacity to pull people in young and old, once capturing them, to encourage and lead them to achieve their very best. Ebony has touched the lives of hundreds of young people. As a major contributor to the Working Group on Girls. Knowing the value of the program, she has now brought together men in the community to initiate Boys Day Out and other programs for boys and teens such as Save Our Sons. Now, thanks to Ebony’s efforts, girls and boys can benefit from these opportunities so valuable for their healthy development.

Based in Albany, New York, The Stakeholders is a not-for-profit organization that inspires and equips people to take positive action in their communities. Stakeholders, Inc. is a New York State Regional Volunteer Center for an eight-county region, as well as an affiliate of the National Points of Light Institute.

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