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Youth Focus teens step up to help in community

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Youth Focus teens step up to help in community

Manteca Youth Focus title holders are, from left Horst Bauer, Golden State Youth Ambassador; Shim Lacy Watson, director; Liana Bassett, Miss Pumpkin Fair; Katherine Ray, Miss Teen Pumpkin Fair; an...

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POSTED August 9, 2013 12:27 a.m.

Golden State Youth Ambassador Horst Bauer representing Manteca Youth Focus along with three Miss Pumpkin titlists gave skilled presentations to the Manteca Chamber of Commerce coffee crowd last week at Leonard Photography.

Bauer along with Liana Bassett, Katherine Ray and Robyn Glover outlined their yearlong challenges to improve Manteca’s profile among youth and the general population of the community.

Horst is a Political Science major at San Francisco State University carrying 19 units.  He is a recent recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for donating some 500 hours to the community over a year. 

Horst is also involved in the California College Democrats with his remaining free time going toward several internships in the Bay Area.  He works with State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-East Bay with her territory along the I-80 corridor.

Horst also works some 20 hours a week for the U.S. District Court in Oakland as an intern.

He has taken on another project in attempting to put a copy of the book “It Gets Better,” by Dan Savage in every high school and library in San Joaquin County.  The book is a compilation of stories and support against bullying and for students with sexuality issues in high school.

The program was begun online offering support to students that evolved into the $15 book.  Seven chamber of commerce members who heard Horst’s presentation last week stepped forward and offered to sponsor one book for a school. 

Liana Bassett, this year’s Miss Pumpkin Fair, was born with a cleft lip and cleft pallet that was corrected surgically at three months.  She retained a scar that brought bullying later in school.  She has since created a teddy bear project that allows donors to go online with a $10 gift to supply bears for other children to let them know they are not alone.  Currently she is attempting to raise $1,000 to purchase 100 bears.

Miss Winterfest Robyn Glover is pushing “Bulimia Awareness” with a developing website to share the stories of teens fighting the illness.  This is her third year in the project.  In the last two years she developed brochures on Bulimia for children, parents and teachers, handing them out to Girl Scout troops in the area.

Miss Teen Pumpkin Fair Katherine Ray has a project of her own collecting stuffed animals for young patients at the Oakland Children’s Hospital where she was an infant patient with meningitis – now wanting to give back for the care she received.

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