Stephanny Tauber ’12 has been chosen as one of 20 recipients of the 2011 Excellence in Summer Service Education Award for her work with the Butler Community Arts School’s nine summer camps.
The award, to be presented Sept. 2, is given by the funding partners of the Summer Youth Program Fund to recognize exemplary youth work and community service by young people who are employed in summer programs supported by the fund. The award includes a certificate of recognition and $1,000 check to be used for educational purposes.
“Stephanny’s interactions are of the highest quality,” said Karen Thickstun, director of the Butler Community Arts School. “She strives to make others feel supported and comfortable, including those with different skills sets or backgrounds. She is a true team player and has been a great asset to our summer staff.”
Tauber, an arts administration major, did a 240-hour internship for the Butler Community Arts School this summer, providing support services for seven recurring camps and two new BCAS camps that served 281 children. She worked in all administrative aspects, including marketing, database management, daily operations and assessment compilation. She also has researched children’s theatre programs and implemented a children’s theatre summer program for Summer Advantage USA, a BCAS partner.
“The part of the internship that makes all of the administrative tasks worthwhile is the second part of the job, getting to know the campers,” Tauber wrote on her application for the award. “When the campers arrive, I finally get to put faces with the names I have been looking at for the past month, each with their own unique personality, quirks, and story. When camps are in session, my responsibilities suddenly become a bit more personal. I am one of many leaders who are responsible for maintaining a safe, fun, and encouraging environment for the campers.”