The Westfield Area YMCA recently presented Youth of the Year awards to two achieving teens who participate at the Y at its Annual Meeting.
Luke Nadolny has been a participant in Y programs since early elementary school. As a young teen, participation in CIT camp and Leaders Club led to multiple volunteer opportunities at events like the Annual Rockathon, the Rotary Pancake Breakfast, Healthy Kids Day, the Westfield Area Y Men’s Club Christmas Tree Lot, and chaperoning monthly Y dances. This summer is Luke’s third working at camp, this year as a Lead Counselor. Luke plans to continue doing volunteer work as part of the DOVE (Division of Volunteer Efforts) program at Seton Hall where he is attending as a Freshman this Fall.
Elsa Rodriguez has been deeply involved the YMCA’s civic engagement program, Youth & Government since eighth grade. She garnered accolades such as Outstanding Junior Legislator and Premier Delegate and was nominated to attend the YMCA Conference on National Affairs for three years. Elsa began participating in Model United Nations in her sophomore year. She joined the Youth & Government Officer Corps in her junior year as the Commissioner of Junior Legislation. As a program officer, she became the first high school student to start a new delegation and also attended International Day of Peace at the United Nations as a youth representative of the YMCA. In 2016, she represented the state of New Jersey in Washington, D.C. as a youth lobbyist during YMCA National Advocacy Days. Her senior year, Elsa served as the New Jersey Youth Governor. Elsa plans to attend Middlebury College in Vermont this Fall.
The Westfield Area YMCA would like to congratulate Luke and Elsa on their exceptional achievements.