The Whitney M.Young, Jr. Service Award is named on behalf of Whitney M.Young, Jr., prominent social reformer and civil rights leaders. Born July 31, 1922 in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, he earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 1947. In 1954, he became Dean of the Atlanta School of Social Work serving until 1961.The author of To Be Equal (1964) and Beyond Racism (1969), and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, Young worked quietly to improve African-Americans’ conditions in the community and workplace.While a visiting scholar at Harvard University, he was named Executive Director of the Urban League, a position that he held until his untimely passing in 1971.

The national Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is designed to recognize “unsung heroes”- people who do exceptional service for disadvantaged youth. The mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Banquet is to celebrate community resources in support of the Scouting Program for at-risk youth, and further provide experiences that develop self-esteem, character values, and life skills thereby enhancing the lives of young people in disadvantaged areas of our local community.