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Hawaii youth receive national leadership awards

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:18 a.m. HST, Dec 20, 2013

Three young adults from Hawaii who once spent time in foster care are being nationally recognized for their outstanding leadership skills.

The state Department of Human Services said Wednesday Gernani Yutob, Jr. is a recipient of the 2013 FosterClub Award.

Yutob spent four years in foster care, including time at group homes and other facilities. Today he's a facilitator at EPIC Ohana where he helps people aging out of foster care.

Nanglar Worachit is receiving the 2013 Outstanding FosterClub Leadership Award. She bounced between 15 foster care placements growing up. She is now vice president of the HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Board.

Robert Heanu-Toyama is receiving a FosterClub Award. He spent eight years in the foster care system. He's now a youth outreach coordinator with the Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition.

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Dawg wrote:
Wow! Real leaders. With all the reasons in the world to fail, they didn't. What role models, I honor you! God Bless.
on December 19,2013 | 05:41AM
CriticalReader wrote:
But. . . . where's the REALLY important information??? What sports did they play?
on December 19,2013 | 08:05AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Now that I've gotten my frustration with the shallow "focus" of SA off my chest. Congrats you three. A great life to all of you and those you help.
on December 19,2013 | 08:08AM
niceynicey wrote:
You guys have overcome enormous obstacles! Congratulations on your abundance of strength and character. Not many people today have that today.
on December 19,2013 | 08:36AM
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