Local woman receives national honors for youth work

Gaye Galvan – a Cuesta College trustee and Atascadero resident – recently won two national awards. They are the President’s Call to Service Award and the National Guard Youth Challenge Program Award.

Galvan received the President’s award in Washington D.C. for more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service. She helped start Friday Night Live in San Luis Obispo County, a teen program that plans activities for local youth and steers them away from drugs and alcohol. She also helped open a dental service for low income children called the Partnership for the Children, which now oversees the La Clinica de Tolosa clinic in Paso Robles.

She also received the honor from the National Guard for her role in the development of the Grizzly Youth Academy, which has received more than $1 million in funding through her efforts with state and local officials, according to the Guard. Her work with local business has provided opportunities for cadets to focus on their future potential with programs such as Job Shadowing and Career Day. These efforts were mentioned as part of the President’s award as well.

--Nick Wilson