On February 15, President Obama recognized 18 outstanding Americans who were awarded the 2012 Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. One of the honorees was CHPSW’s Patience Lehrman, director of Project SHINE at the Intergenerational Center.
Project SHINE pairs college students with older immigrants to foster integration, with a focus on English language learning, health literacy, civic engagement, and tutoring in the subjects needed to pass the naturalization exam. Mrs. Lehrman immigrated to the United States from Cameroon in 1997 and has earned a dual Master’s degree in Education and Organizational Development and an Executive MBA from Temple University. Just a year ago, she was recognized as one of the White House’s 2012 Champions of Change.
The Citizens Medal was established in 1969 to recognize Americans have had a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of others. Honorees demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to service and a dedication to solving persistent problems in their local or global communities.
To learn more or to nominate someone for the 2013 Citizens Medal, visit www.whitehouse.gov/citizensmedal. You can watch the 2012 Citizens Medal ceremony at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOkfc4O_8aU&feature=youtu.be.