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Woodbury teen named outstanding youth volunteer

Shawn Ramberg, Commissioner Lisa Weik.

The 2013 Community Involvement Awards were presented to three individuals and one group of Washington County residents and volunteers during the Washington County Board of Commissioners meeting April 23.

As part of National Volunteer week, Shawn Ramberg of Woodbury, was awarded the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award for his volunteer work as a Play Team youth leader at the Minnesota Children's Museum.

In addition to volunteering with the Children's Museum, Shawn has volunteered as a member of the Community Youth Council of South Washington County where he provided day care and kid-friendly activities.

Shawn also has international volunteer experience. His grandmother lives in Japan and while he visits during the summer, he carries his volunteer efforts to another country.

While in Japan, Shawn volunteered as a camp counselor at the nature-based Japanese Youth Camp in Nagano. There he worked to teach the basics of nature and the environment. Through the organization Tono Magokoro Net, he worked for two days cleaning by hand all the garbage that was inaccessible to big machinery.

"We hauled a lot of garbage," he said. "I met a lot of people and saw the damage first hand."

Community Involvement Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding volunteer contributions made by Washington County individuals and groups.

The awards are co-sponsored by Community Thread and Washington County and are traditionally presented around the time of National Volunteer Week, this year April 21-27.