“Tony is a role model; he has a great attitude. He’s just such an incredible inspiration for everybody,” said Susie Rivera, FLY Director of Events and Client Engagement.
We are so proud to announce that FLY Alumnus Tony is this year’s winner of Project Cornerstone’s Positive Peer Influence Award!
The Positive Peer Influence Award is one of Project Cornerstone’s Asset Champions Awards, which recognize people who make a significant difference in the lives of local youth through building “developmental assets” — the positive relationships, opportunities, values and skills youth need to grow into healthy adults — creating positive connections with young people, and inspiring others to do the same. The Positive Peer Influence award recognizes a young person who has an impact on his or her peers, so nominations must be made by a peer under age 24.
FLY Alumna Rebecca nominated Tony for the award because of his leadership in FLY, where he volunteers in the speech committee and various mentoring roles, as well as in the broader community, where he serves as a youth representative for Opportunity Youth Partnership. “Tony encourages his peers to be actively involved in the community as well as inspires them to speak up and share their insight on struggles many youth face in the juvenile system and at home,” said Rebecca. “I appreciate that Tony is a peer you can come to and he will listen instead of judging you. He has a very big heart and always puts his peers before himself.”
“Before FLY I was a hopeless and lost child. And now with FLY’s help I am on my way to becoming a successful adult.” — FLY Youth