Local Student Group Wins 39th Governor’s Service Award

By Amanda Wang

Last month, Amanda Wang, a junior at River Hill High School and the President of Clarksville Youth Care Group (CYCG), received the 39th Governor’s Service Award presented by Maryland Governor Wes Moore at the Naval Academy. This award recognizes Marylanders who have provided significant volunteer contributions to communities around the state and have worked to change Maryland for the better. CYCG was one of 10 winners this year.

CYCG, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2020 by two River Hill students, Arthur and Amanda Wang, with the mission of empowering youth through meaningful community service. Roughly 200 youth have made and continue to make positive changes in the local community via CYCG’s program. In the past 3 years, the group has worked on a DIY Face Shield (2020) project to support healthcare workers at the beginning of the pandemic; a Teacher Care Kits (2021) project to support educators; and the HCPSS School Strong (2022) project to support extended school community, including staff and bus drivers. CYCG was also honored as a nominee for the HCPSS Friends of Education Award in 2023 and was named the top “Sunrise Distinction” winner in the Nonprofit Innovation category for Howard County Government’s Rise to the Challenge Award Program in 2022.

Sponsored by a Howard County Youth Engagement Programing (YEP!) grant, CYCG is currently working on an EnvSmart (2023-2024) project to prompt environmental sustainability through the promotion of composting and upcycling to the general public. CYCG has provided various free upcycling art classes at Howard County libraries since summer of 2023, and students are making and giving out free DIY Indoor Composting Buckets ($50-$70 value on Amazon) to community members. Their goal is to encourage 500 families to start home composting within the next 1.5 years. Moreover, CYCG has been invited to be an honored vendor at the upcoming HoCo GreenFest at Howard Community College on April 13 where Amanda will host a workshop to talk about a low-cost indoor composting method.

Amanda also proudly serves on River Hill Community Association’s Teen Advisory Committee, as did her brother Arthur during his high school years.

Congratulations to this local student group for their hard work and many achievements! To find out more about their ongoing activities or to join this group, visit www.clarksvilleyouthcaregroup.org.