On December 4, 2020, Nancy Hlee Vang joined an elite group of individuals when she was inducted into the Youth Intervention Hall of Fame. Nominated for the Friends of Youth Leadership Award, Nancy was chosen because she stood out as a leader in their field with a tireless commitment to youth.
Since 1999, the Youth Intervention Hall of Fame includes individuals that go above and beyond in their service to youth in need and recognizes them for their accomplishments. Over the years, only 89 individuals have achieved such status in the Youth Intervention field.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a big deal,” said Paul Meunier, the Executive Director of the Youth Intervention Programs Associations (YIPA). “We know that everyone who devotes their career to helping our most vulnerable youth is a superstar, but Hall of Fame members stand out as incredible people that we should all try to emulate.”
Nancy is extremely humbled and grateful for being recognized for her deep commitment to youth work. “I never cared to be in the spotlight. I’ve only ever wanted to put people first before me,” said Nancy. “I’ve never had a mentor, I’ve never had a leader that I looked up to and I wanted to be that person for [my students].”
Nancy works for the Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) as the Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) Program Coordinator. WISE is a local nonprofit that provides academic support and life and leadership skills development for immigrant and refugee women and girls.
Youth Intervention connects young people with caring adults to develop their unique abilities and individual talents so they become productive, contributing members of their community.
Listen to Nancy’s acceptance speech and the speech of other Hall of Fame members.