Two Manassas residents and a community partnership were honored at the 10th Annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference in Chesterfield County on September 26.
Prince William Study Circles, in partnership with George Mason University, Unity in the Community and City of Manassas Neighborhood Services, won State Neighborhood Organization of the Year for bringing study circles on neighborhood improvement issues to seven neighborhoods in the city and county. Each circle included up to 15 diverse residents who met with facilitators for six two-hour sessions to find common ground and take action in their neighborhoods. The non-profit’s director, Cindy Brookshire, accepted the award on behalf of the partnership.
Leon Walker, President of Wildwood Condominium Association, was named State Neighborhood Advocate of the Year for his tireless work in transforming his 96-condo neighborhood in the heart of Manassas from one of crime and drugs, to a safe, beautiful and enjoyable community, ideal for raising families.
Erin Harrover, a 12-year-old Metz Middle School student, was honored with the State Neighborhood Youth Individual Effort of the Year award for her filmmaking in the community. Erin shot videos for her father, Vice Mayor Andrew Harrover’s “Manassas Next” campaign and organized a Film Club with her friend, Laura Lopez and others. The young entrepreneurs have produced two videos on “Tall Grass” and “Graffiti” for the city government channel (Comcast 23/Verizon 39), and earn money for their expenses through bake sales