Southeast Georgia Health System Volunteens Receive Youth Hero Awards from the American Red Cross

Taylor Ybarbo and Thoai Pham Receive the Youth Hero AwardSoutheast Georgia Health System’s Volunteens Taylor Ybarbo and Thoai Pham were recently presented with Youth Hero Awards from the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia. Both volunteens were honored during a breakfast held at the Golden Isles Career Academy for their outstanding achievements.

“The Youth Hero Awards are deeply engrained in the heart and roots of our organization. Our founder, Clara Barton, as well as our current leadership, recognize the importance of helping those in need,” says Ester Sheppard, executive director of the American Red Cross for Southeast and Coastal Georgia. “It has been proven that those who volunteer in their youth will continue to volunteer throughout their life, participating in causes larger than themselves for others—people and furry friends.”

Youth Hero Award recipients are chosen based on hours of giving, depth and breadth of work—whether it be for one organization or many—and going above and beyond what is expected of them.

Over the past eighteen months, Thoai Pham has logged 111 hours as a transport volunteer on the Health System’s Brunswick Campus. He is one of the first Health System team members that patients interact with at the hospital, assisting them during admission. Through his words and actions, he helps patients feel less anxious and treats all patients and visitors with respect, courtesy and kindness. Additionally, and on his own, he has actively recruited other teens for the Health System’s Volunteen program.

Taylor Ybarbo was selected as a Youth Hero Award recipient based on her volunteer services in the Camden Campus Maternity Care Center. Since June 2014, she has devoted 262 hours helping team members with clerical and non-clinical tasks. This includes restocking supplies for baby bassinets and warmers and patient rooms; answering the phone at the nurses’ station and visiting with patients to offer comfort care. Her good cheer, positive attitude and kindness brighten the day of everyone she touches.