Campagna Center's Building Better Futures' Volunteer to Receive Award for Outstanding Service

Deena Disraelly, one of only two individuals in Virginia to receive The Ninth Annual Mentoring Award

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Campagna Center is pleased to announce that Deena Disraelly has been selected as one of the two individual recipients of the Ninth Annual Virginia Mentoring Award for her unparalleled dedication and commitment to mentoring students in our Building Better Futures Program. The Virginia Mentoring Awards, a program of the Virginia Mentoring Partnership, honors individuals and programs committed to mentoring youth. Deena along with Ben Thompson of Richmond, the Armstrong Leadership Program of Richmond, and Team Up Mentoring of Norfolk will be honored at an award luncheon on February 24 at The Jefferson Hotel, in Richmond, VA. The Campagna Center’s Building Better Futures

As a mentor and volunteer, Deena Disraelly has helped to significantly grow the Center’s Building Better Futures program which provides at-risk Latino and non-Latino ESL high school students in Alexandria, Virginia with the support and services needed to succeed in school and beyond. Deena logged close to 250 mentor hours during the 2009-2010 school year and through her tremendous recruiting efforts the number of mentors and tutors grew 1000% over the past five years to a current group of 200 from less than 20 in 2005!

According to Krishna Levya, director of Building Better Futures, “If you work for Deena, work with Deena, serve with Deena, or are her friend or a parent, you can’t help to learn to love and mentor Deena’s kids, too. She believes in them and will convince you to do the same.” One mentee wrote, “Whenever my self-esteem runs low and I start to doubt myself, she helps me see all of the things I’ve accomplished so far and tells me I shouldn’t give up because she knows I can accomplish any goal I set for myself. She’s an amazing role model, too. If all of the above doesn’t put Deena as the definition of a great mentor, then what does?”

Upon learning of this award, Deena said, “I’m excited because it’s an honor for and recognition of everyone involved in Building Better Futures, the wonderful kids who show up every day and make a commitment to themselves and their futures, to the fantastic volunteers who encourage and enable them, to the amazing staff, without whom this program couldn’t run, and to Krishna, whose dream and determination have allowed this incredible dream to take root and flourish. I’m really proud of all that’s been accomplished, and I know it truly takes an entire community to make this all happen.”