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Mihir Bafna, right, a sophomore at Bloomington High School, talks with Kelsie Ayers, a BHS freshman, about their experience with For A Better Tomorrow during the Youth Global Citizen graduation in April 2016 at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center. To the rear is Vinit Karkathar, left, and Vivek Bhookya, right, both seniors at Normal Community High School. For a Better Tomorrow (FBT) has announced the nonprofit organizations that will receive FBT grants this year and recipients of its youth service awards.

BLOOMINGTON — A nonprofit organization has announced the amount of money it raised this year for Central Illinois nonprofit organizations and recipients of its 2018 youth service awards.

For a Better Tomorrow raised $14,500 as a result of its annual Kite Fest fundraiser, its Youth Global Citizen leadership program and youth recognition event and the Why I See You (YICU) Service Awards Banquet, which was Sept. 9.

PATH (Providing Access To Help), which provides crisis information and referral and homeless and adult protective services, and public radio station WGLT-FM each will receive $3,900.

Friends of the Autism Place will receive $1,150, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois will get $1,050 and Prairie Pride Coalition will receive $1,500.

During the YICU Service Award Banquet, nine students and one team were chosen from 35 nominees to receive awards based on the students' service and community leadership.

Honored in the 12- to 15-year-old age group were Akhila Mattapalli, 15, of Normal Community High School (NCHS); Avani Rai, 12, of George L. Evans Junior High School; and Muneeth Narra, 15, of NCHS.

Recognized among 16- and 17-year-olds were Ajitesh Muppuru, 16, of NCHS; Breeanne D'Costa, 16, of Central Catholic High School; and Kavya Sudhir, 17, of NCHS.

Cited among 18- to 22-year-olds were Aishwarya Shekara, 19, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Emma Hartness, 20, of Illinois State University; and Isaac Simmons, 20, of Illinois Wesleyan University.

The team award went to the Little Food Pantry Team.

The YICU Youth Mentor Award was presented to Jeff Schwartz, founder and director of the McLean County Diversity Project. The YICU Youth Advocate Award went to the Unity Community Center.

For a Better Tomorrow made $250 donations to several nonprofit organizations chosen by the award winners.

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Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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