On May 7, 2015, Tanager Place along with communities, organizations, and caring people from around the globe will join together for an international day of celebrating and honoring youth workers.
“We have a very dedicated group of youth workers that are often the unsung heroes for many kids,” said Director of Residential Services, Andy Manternach. “They are like first responders and must make important decisions quickly when the stakes are high.”
Mayor Ron Corbett will join Tanager Place in proclaiming May 7th “Thank a Youth Worker Day” in Cedar Rapids at the Thank a Youth Worker Day celebration on their campus at 2309 C Street SW. Mayor Corbett will be joined by members of the Tanager Place Board of Directors, Executive Team and staff to express their gratitude for the youth workers who are such a valuable force in the community.
“This can be a tough environment to work in at times. Those that choose to come to work face some challenging situations. Their positive attitude and commitment to care make them a special and a rare breed,” continued Manternach. “Youth workers are integral part of this agency and for the field as a whole. Tanager Place is lucky to have a strong dedicated staff.”
According to the National Collaboration for Youth, a youth worker is an individual who works with or on behalf of youth to facilitate their personal, social and educational development and enable them to gain a voice, influence and place in society as they make the transition from dependence to independence.
For more information about Thank a Youth Worker Day, please visit the official website at www.thankayouthworkerday.org. For information on how Tanager Place is celebrating their youth workers, visit www.tanagerplace.org or call 319-365-9164.