La Jolla’s National League of Young Men end inaugural year

The La Jolla Chapter of the National League of Young Men celebrated its first year, saluting its 49 participants at an end-of-year banquet May 8, 2015 at Phil’s BBQ.

NLYM is an organization for guys in grades 9-12 that guides their development into community leaders through involvement in philanthropic and cultural experiences, as well as protocol education.

This year’s members volunteered more than 2,200 community service hours that included donation distribution, food delivery, beach and park cleanups, and helping to build a house in Mexico for a family in need.

“I am very proud of our young men and all the hard work they did this year,” said Wendy Dick, NLYM La Jolla president. “Twenty-eight of the charities supported were chosen by the league, but our young men also volunteered for some organizations that were important to them personally. ... I look forward to the positive impact this chapter will have on our community in the years to come.”

La Jolla High tenth-grader Grant Devermann earned special recognition for completing 235 philanthropy hours, and ninth-grader Hudson Liu was recognized for his 97.5 hours of community service.

In addition to philanthropic hours, members attended 171 hours of cultural events, including performances by the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and the National Comedy Theatre.

The program is open to young men and their mothers who reside in or attend school in the 92037 ZIP code. Membership requires at least 10 hours of service, as well as attendance at cultural events and meetings.

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