On September 24, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, Voices will highlight the 2016 Spotlight Gala honorees. We continue our Spotlight Series today with our 2016 Youth Award winner, Gil Green III.
Gil’s exemplary work as an advocate for disconnected youth in Nebraska has gained him both statewide and national recognition. Raised in McCook, Nebraska, Gil was placed in foster care at age 14. Like many unconnected teens, Gil faced some challenges in his path to adulthood. It was through his situation that he became involved with Project Everlast, a statewide youth-led initiative for individuals aged 14-24. The program aims to provide unconnected youth with a supportive community as they enter a new, more independent stage of their lives. Gil is now a fixture in the group, sitting on both North Platte and statewide councils.
Gil credits much of his growing knowledge of advocacy work and public speaking to his involvement with Project Everlast. During a meeting with local judges, he successfully conveyed the importance of keeping siblings together when making foster care placement decisions. The impression he left on the judges was that of a charismatic and thoughtful leader. Through these experiences, Gil feels he is building skills that will enable him to serve as a mentor and adviser for many other youth.
Now 18, Gil is looking forward to making the most out of the next chapter in his life. He plans to attend college in California and pursue a degree in business. One day, he hopes to run his own company.
The Spotlight Gala, to be held on Saturday, September 24, shines a light on issues Nebraska children face and honors community members who continuously strive to improve the lives of Nebraska’s kids. The annual event includes silent and live auctions, dinner, and the 2016 Spotlight Gala Awards Ceremony. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, click here.