2020 Community Involvement Awards
Honoring Broward County Public Schools outstanding volunteers, mentors, family engagement initiatives and partnerships.
Broward County Public Schools is proud of the thousands of individuals who support our District through volunteerism, mentoring, family engagement initiatives and partnerships.
The Community Involvement Awards (CIA) Ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Congratulations to our 2020 Community Involvement Awards Winners!
BrightStar Credit Union
Founded by Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) employees in 1946, BrightStar Credit Union (BSCU) is dedicated to helping the school District with financial sponsorships, as well as providing financial education in the classrooms.
In 2019, BSCU representatives taught more than 10,000 students, adult learners and staff, ways to better manage their finances. Their educational programs include the “CU@School” initiative (in-school student-operated credit union branches); teaching high schoolers the difference between ATM, debit and credit cards; training adults on the ways to achieve higher credit scores; helping students to save and distinguish between wants and needs, as well as how to buy a home that they can afford.
Since its inception, BSCU annually sponsors the Caliber Awards, which honors and recognizes BCPS outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals, and school-related employees. Without the support of sponsors such as BSCU, BCPS would not be able to produce this event and other programs such as the Florida Tax Watch, which oversees fund management on behalf of BCPS. Partnering in time and funding, BSCU is an integral contributor to Broward Education Foundation, the Community Involvement Awards program, the Broward County Council of PTAs/PTSAs, and a number of District schools. As a major sponsor of BECON TV’s School Duel, BrightStar supports this television program that encourages students to broaden their general knowledge as they learn to compete in the global economy.
Growing from a tiny branch in the old Fort Lauderdale High School, BrightStar Credit Union has evolved into a half billion-dollar credit union with over 62,000 members, and beneficially impacts the financial lives of residents in 23 counties in the State of Florida.
School-based Partner of the Year – Elementary Level
School-based Partner of the Year – Secondary Level
District Advisory/Committee Volunteer
Family and Community Engagement
Family and Community Engagement – Individual Award
Family and Community Engagement – Group Award
Mentor Supporter of the Year
Mentors of the Year
Mentor Program of the Year
Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year – Elementary Level
Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year – Secondary Level
Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year
Virginia Shuman Young Montessori Elementary School
Marilyn Slovitt is a familiar face at Virginia Shuman Young Montessori Elementary School. She brightens the day of every student and staff member who enter the media center. Grandma Slovitt, as she is affectionately called, captures the students’ attention with decorative and interactive bulletin boards, as well as themed book displays. Her positive attitude sparks the students’ interests for reading and although she is recognized as an exceptional volunteer for her efforts, Grandma Slovitt remains humble and patient. Grandma Slovitt also helps with the Book Fair, school art projects, and Family Nights. Her contribution has built a nurturing and caring environment that is felt daily by the students and staff at to Virginia Shuman Young Montessori Elementary.
Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year
Cooper City High School
As president of the Interact Club at Cooper City High School for the past three years, Lauren Nassi has led numerous service projects and inspired her peers to participate in community service activities. Ms. Nassi has created preventative programs to help students dealing with anxiety and to make Cooper City High a safer environment. One of these programs, the Buddy System, was implemented to ease incoming students’ transition into high school, by pairing a freshman with an upperclassman as a mentor. The Hobin Garden, however, is Ms. Nassi’s most prominent and impactful project. Based on student feedback, the garden improved their mental health and increased their overall happiness, as well as connected them with their community.
Boris Herve Cilien
Hollywood Hills High School
With more than 1,000 community service hours, Boris Herve Cilien has become an important part of the Youth Leadership Program at the Davie Police Athletics League (PAL). He became involved with the Davie PAL in the seventh grade as a summer camp volunteer assistant. Now a summer program leader, Mr. Cilien oversees 15 counselors and 100 campers. His hard work led to his representing the League as its youth leader, at the National Convention in Washington, D.C. Whether he is planning activities, fundraising, or instructing children, Mr. Cilien demonstrates leadership among his peers and is a great example of a student volunteer.
Details regarding the recognition of winners will be available at the beginning of the 2020/21 school year.
For questions regarding the CIA ceremony, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Involvement Awards is a collaborative initiative between the Office of Communications, 754-321-2300 and the Office of Student Support Initiatives and Recovery, 754-321-1600.