First-year student receives recognition award and laptop computer in honor of his service to community.
February 5, 2002 ALBANY, N.Y.—Who says that it doesn’t pay to do good deeds? Hobart student Justin Irwin’s volunteer work with the American Red Cross educating teens about AIDS and HIV recently earned him recognition from Gov. George E. Pataki and a laptop computer from the Association of Youth Bureaus.
Irwin, a first-year student at Hobart College who intends to major in international relations, has been educating his peers about AIDS and HIV since he was a freshman at Romulus Central School. Irwin was named one of New York State’s outstanding youths and received the governor’s annual award for service. The award was presented in partnership with the Association of Youth Bureaus, which donated the laptop computer. Irwin was one of 62 students in the state to receive an award, which was presented personally by Gov. Pataki on Monday, Jan. 14, in the Hart Lounge of the Empire State Building in Albany.
“These are extraordinary young people who have made a difference in their own schools and neighborhoods,” Gov. Pataki said. “They are the role models we need to help all youth understand that each of us can make a profound, positive impact.”
While at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Irwin has been involved in several service projects including, the Colleges’ Day of Service, holiday project, and several projects of AIDS Awareness House. He remains an HIV Peer Educator with the American Red Cross.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan was pleased to hear of the recognition paid to Irwin.
“Justin Irwin exemplifies the true meaning of public service. Justin is a remarkable young man who at the age of 18 has already been volunteering in his community for five years,” Gearan said. “I honor him, along with Governor Pataki, on behalf of all the young people at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and across the nation who perform service in their communities.”
Irwin was grateful for the attention the award has drawn to the good deeds of all young people. “Sometimes I think we hear more about the bad that students do than the good,” said Irwin. “There are so many great projects that students are involved in that need to be recognized. I am glad they are starting to be publicized.”