Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Josh Barrett, Khalil Burton, Dr. Michal Pitzl, Maria Dean,
Amb Clyde Rivers, Marshall Dean
With just a matter of several days passing since the first ever Youth Add Value™ honorary awards ceremony, it's unmistakable that people have been uplifted, lives are forever changed, and YAV's mission to give honor back to institutions and to uplift the youth of the world has only just begun.

On January 9th, 2016, 24 incredible Lincoln County citizens were presented and awarded by Youth Add Value™ in recognition of their exceptional dedication to the youth and young adults of Lincoln County, Oregon.

The tone of the event was serious but the energy was celebratory.  This was an opportunity to honor men and women who choose to make a statement every day about the value of young people through their common deeds, actions, and institutions designed to protect the youth of their community.  From law enforcement personnel, and foster care operators, to youth outreach programs, and prison ministries, it became evident quite quickly that Lincoln County is home to some of the most exemplary individuals on the planet.  Yet not a single person in the room ever did what they do with the expectation of an award at the end, and that's what Youth Add Value is all about.  We're giving honor back to the everyday heroes who are making a difference but fail to ever receive the appreciation and gratitude they deserve.

YAV™ sees your hard work and we honor you for what you do.  Without human beings like the ones who were recognized a few days ago, young adults would not be the well adjusted, socially independent, and prosperous individuals that we have the opportunity to become today.  It takes people who are willing to sacrifice their time, their energy, and their resources to ensure that generations of young people are equipped and able to grow into the kings and queens they are called to be. It requires people like each and every one of our award recipients.

While many of the award recipients at this event come from different backgrounds and have invested their efforts in unique and diverse ways, this ceremony did something special that very few other institutions are ever able to accomplish.  It taught each of us that even though we play different positions on the field when it comes to youth development, we all act as very important members of the same team.  It became apparent that if the world is ever going to be transformed into a peaceful planet where people know their value and treat others with the respect, dignity, and admiration that they deserve, it's going to take all of us.  In our unique areas, and in our own unique means, it's time to take responsibility for our nation.  It's time to live by the Golden Rule.

Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers is the Founder and President of iChange Nationsa professional institution that equips, mentors and trains highly esteemed individuals who have the desire to change nations throughout the world. The organization is seeking to bring global awareness by strategically helping nations to educate, train and support the Nation Building Process designed to improve the dignity and betterment of human life. This international platform focuses on establishing effective relationships to help people understand the value of life and basic human rights.

Youth Add Value™ is a movement manned by a group of youth highly trained by IChange Nation’s™ executive, Dr. Michal Pitzl. Marisa Dean, together with her team, Josh Bennett, Khalil Burton and Marshal Dean organized and launched their first event in Newport Oregon.

Article written by Khalil Burton and Dr. Donella Pitzl

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