The Lazydays Employee Foundation and Camelot Community Care were recognized among six finalists for the Be More Brilliant/ Innovation Award at WEDU’s recent annual Be More Awards ceremony, according to a news release.
This award recognizes organizations for their initiatives, projects, and/or services that are unique, creative, or innovative.
The Lazydays Employee Foundation and Camelot Community Care were nominated for their work in recruiting honors students from the USF Kosove Society to mentor the homeless youth served in the Lazydays Homeless Youth Program, which was created in September 2010.
“Since the inception of the Lazydays Employee Foundation, we’ve continuously focused on making a positive impact in the lives of at-risk children in our community,” Lazydays Employee Foundation President Randy Lay said. “It means a lot to us to be recognized as a finalist within a category that recognizes resourcefulness when challenged with a limited budget; superior utilization of collaborative community partnerships and volunteer support.”
In the past two years, the Lazydays Homeless Youth Program has served 325 homeless youth, and 65 percent of those served maintained ongoing employment before graduating from the program, 52.5 percent maintained housing on their own, 95 percent have earned their high school degree or GED and 51 percent have enrolled in a college or trade school.
The Kosove Society is a prominent honor society of university students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service. In 2011, the Kosove Society adopted the Lazydays program as its “Legacy Project” and has been mentoring the program’s homeless youth ever since.
With a shared commitment to help the “loneliest of the lonely” the Kosove Society provides homeless teens with mentors and tutors to help them with their homework and to teach them study and interviewing skills to allow them to become self-sufficient.
“It has been our honor to partner with the Lazydays Employee Foundation and the USF Kosove Society to bring this much needed program to life in our community,” Camelot President and CEO Mike DiBrizzi said. “Together, we have come to understand the tremendous impact that compassion and caring can have on the life of another human being.”