Manassas Wins State Award

MANASSAS, VA–The City of Manassas has won "State Neighborhood Youth Effort of the Year" for the national pilot 1 By Youth project that took place on April 24, 2010 in the Georgetown South neighborhood.

Christen Zenich, City of Manassas Neighborhood Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of a community partnership at the 11th Annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference in Roanoke, Virginia on September 25.

The partnership included Colorado-based Group Cares, Mike Garcia Construction, Habitat for Humanity of Prince William County, the Boys & Girls Club, Manassas Assembly of God and Unity in the Community. More than 1,000 teen and adult volunteers from three states participated in the massive one day, one community, one impact neighborhood revitalization project. Nearly 60 Manassas area sponsors contributed to the project including Lowe's, 84 Lumber, Summit Construction, Sherwin-Williams, Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, E.E. Wine, TruGreen LandCare, Virginia Contractors Supply, Vulcan Materials-Manassas Quarry, J.E. Rice True Value Hardware and Walgreens.

Manassas Wins State Award - Lynn Grizzard
Thanks to Lynn Grizzard, student, Northern Virginia Community College for the picture.

Volunteers painted fences, built soft-fill pathways and re-mulched playgrounds in the 45-year-old neighborhood of 860 townhomes, one of several walkable communities that surround historic Old Town Manassas.

Georgetown South has continued to engage residents by training Neighborhood Watch members, strengthening alternatives for youth and working with volunteers to paint front fences and rebuild the L Green playground. On Nov. 6 the community plans to cut the ribbon on a new outdoor pavilion on the H Green, thanks to generous donations from Mike Garcia Construction, Summit Construction, 84 Lumber and Lazlo Concrete.

Manassas Wins State Award - Lynn Grizzard
Thanks to Lynn Grizzard, student, Northern Virginia Community College for the picture.

"Without 1 By Youth Manassas, I have no doubt these results would not have been possible," said Christie Strader, Community Manager, Georgetown South Community Council, Inc. "The intense preparation for that day and the community meetings that V.O.I.C.E. [Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement] facilitated to bring residents out in support of the revitalization took us all from zero to 60 mph in terms of networking, making connections and going beyond cosmetic changes to build community and set new standards."

The City of Manassas has already begun to work with Group Cares to bring 1 By Youth back again next year. The Point of Woods 1 & 2, and Point of Woods 3 neighborhoods have been selected as the site of 1 By Youth 2011 on May 14, 2011. Sponsors and volunteers are welcome. Contact Christen Zenich at 703-257-8315.

Manassas Wins State Award - Meghan Oakes
Thanks to Meghan Oakes, student, Osbourn High School for the picture.

The 1 By Youth Award is the tenth award the City of Manassas Neighborhood Services Department has garnered in the past three years at the state and national level.

The Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference, provides an opportunity for people from all locations, socio-economic levels, and sectors across the Commonwealth to learn best practices for addressing neighborhood issues of the times, attend workshops, network with one another, and share experiences and information toward building stronger communities. To learn more, visit

The City will hold its own local neighborhood conference on Nov. 13 at the Boys & Girls Club. Registration is open through Nov. 10 at

Manassas Wins State Award - Randy Donaldson
Thanks to Randy Donaldson, member, Trinity Episcopal Church for the picture.

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