On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) proudly awarded volunteer-focused scholarships to Saniya Parks and Elizabeth Basset. Both recipients were selected for the scholarship because of their many hours of volunteer service focusing on JLKD’s mission. JLKD is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Saniya Parks is a senior at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL. She currently serves as the President of ACTS2035 Teen Advisory Council, where she plans and implements youth community service projects in the Chicagoland area. She has used this platform to inspire her peers to be more engaged in their communities and help those in need. Saniya has also developed a variety of programs to help displaced and homeless families at Simmons Middle School in Aurora, IL. She has organized school uniform and food drives that have eased their burden and allowed the children to focus on their education. Saniya has goals to continue to build programs that provide services to at-risk students in the community.
Elizabeth Bassett is a senior at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, IL. She currently serves as a Girl Scout Ambassador. She has been a dedicated Girl Scout for twelve years and recent completed her Gold Award Project, in which she developed “Girls with Hammers” to encourage teen girls to be bold in their career choices, develop their confidence in STEM, and build a bee house for the community. opportunity to give back to the local community.
JLKD has no doubt Saniya Parks and Elizabeth have positively influenced our local communities and empowered women through their volunteer service. JLKD wishes both Saniya and Elizabeth all the best as they continue to develop their potential and is honored to be able to assist them in their educational journey.