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Pathfinder Award Recipient Announced Today

Recipients to be honored at Celebration on January 16
MANKATO, Minn. (January 5, 2017) The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Board announced the recipients of the annual Pathfinder, Young Pathfinder and Business Pathfinder Awards.
The Pathfinder Award was created in 1986 to recognize individuals or organizations that, in the spirit of Dr. King, are initiators in the struggle for equal treatment and human rights. The award represents the ideal that all people should be treated fairly and equally without the fear of discrimination on any basis. This year’s Pathfinder Award recipient is The REACH Youth Drop-In Center.
The REACH Youth Drop-In Center is being honored for offering a supportive environment for teens and young adults ages 16 – 24 whose housing situation has been lost or is at risk. They promote a safe and non-judgmental space where young adults can ask questions and participate in activities to encourage continued personal growth, build confidence and develop empowerment skills. The REACH Youth Drop-In Center strives to be the voice for the disadvantaged whose voices often fall silent.
The Young Pathfinder Award was created in 2002 to recognize the hard work, commitment and courage displayed by area young people and organizations of young people as they strive, in the spirit of Dr. King, to achieve fair and equal treatment for all, healthy communities and peaceful resolution to conflicts.
The Business Pathfinder Award was established in 2003 and is presented by Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. to recognize businesses that strive for equal treatment, human rights and non-violence in the workplace. This year the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Board had no nominations for the Young Pathfinder or Business Pathfinder Awards. We know there are many young individuals and businesses who are engaged in community and making an impact. We salute you and encourage the community to consider making nominations of these worthy individuals and organizations in years to come.
The Pathfinder Award recipient will be honored at the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration on Monday, January 16 at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The event will begin at 5:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres and social time. Program begins at 6:15 pm with the presentation of the awards, followed by entertainment at 6:35 pm. Keynote Speaker, Rashad Turner, will speak at 6:45 pm.
This is a free event and open to the public. Registration is required. Please register here.



Judy Arzdorf

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership