Bob was nominated recently for two awards. One was from Pennsylvania CareerLink, who he has been working with since 2010. He has taken about 11 young people under his wing.
It is a great opportunity for both the Borough and the kids. The Borough gets free help because the interns are paid by CareerLink, and the kids learn skills and also get a second chance.
Some, but not all, are kids that had gotten in trouble. One of the interns ended up at CareerLink because she had family problems and dropped out of school. She now has her GED, goes to college, works at another job, besides being hired by the borough 16 hours a month as an administrative assistant. She has nothing but praise for the mayor.
The Bucks County Youth Council also has a high opinion of him, which is why he was honored at the Most Valuable Partnership Awards as one of four nominees in September. Bob loves working with the kids and teaching them how to do different kinds of work, whether it be painting, landscaping, carpentry, office work, or whatever is needed to be done for the Borough. He hopes his mentoring can help turn their lives around.
The second award he was nominated for was the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association’s 2013 Mayor of the Year Award. Bob did not win either award, but was still thrilled to be nominated.
PHOTO CAP: Penndel Mayor Bob Winkler