UnifiedErie's 7th Annual

Youth Impact Celebration

Thank you for making the Erie Community

Healthier and Safer!

November 2-6, 2020


The Youth Impact Celebration was previously known as the Youth Work Awards. We collaborated with Tim Fesmire's Graphic Design students at the Charter School of Excellence, to come up with a new name and logo for our event. 

Welcome and Thank YOU...

Gary Lee

Director of Adminstration, County of Erie

Jack Daneri

Erie County District Attorney

Amy Eisert

Mercyhurst Civic Institute Director

Exciting Changes this Year!


The Youth Impact Celebration, formerly known as Youth Work Awards, recognizes and honors those individuals working directly with youth and families at Erie County non-profit organizations.


This year, we will hold a week-long, virtual event beginning on November 2, 2020. 


The week will focus on the 12 Erie County evidence-based programs that address the priority risk and protective factors identified in UnifiedErie’s Community Action Plan.


All programs are listed on the Evidence-Based Program Directory:


Through videos featuring each program, you will learn about what makes the program effective and how they are benefiting the youth and families in our community.


You’ll hear directly from the individuals who work in the programs as well as testimonials from past and present participants and their family members.


UnifiedErie will also host a webinar series on a variety of topics that are relevant to the challenges human service providers are facing regarding mental health and our new environment.


You are encouraged to register and attend “live,” but video recordings will be made available as well.

Celebrating YOU!

Our name has changed but we are still celebrating the same amazing group of individuals! Working with children, young people and families is one of the most exciting and inspirational specializations in human services.


This dedicated and skilled group of people are building brighter futures for the lives of our young people, strengthening families, and improving the health and safety of our community.

Thank you for all you do!

Celebration Details


Registration is required to attend each of the webinars in our series. Click the registration and webinar details link below for a description of each webinar and a link to register for the event.

Each participant will be entered into a drawing to win a $40 gift card!


Nov. 2, 2020

Decoding and Destigmatizing Mental Health: Common Concerns and Interventions for Youth

Mandy Fauble, PhD, LCSW


Nov. 3, 2020

Virtual Engagement:  Strategies for Strengthening a Virtual Relationship with Clients

Steve Krivonak, MPA

Dr. Mathew Sipple


Nov. 4, 2020

Intentionally Making Space to Discuss Race with Our Youth

Marcus S. Atkinson


Nov. 5, 2020

Recognizing and Responding to Needs for Suicide Prevention

Mandy Fauble, PhD, LCSW


Nov. 6, 2020

Self Care & Resiliency Building

Cassie Dundon, LPC

Steve Minick, LPC


Evidence-Based Programs in Erie County

These evidence-based programs are prevention-focused services that reduce the likelihood of violence and other problem behaviors in all domains of social development – community, family, school, and peer/individual.

A stronger community is a safer community

Why We DO What We DO!


As we address the priority risk and protective factors, we want to support and recognize those individuals working to impact the lives of youth in our community.

Why this Celebration is Important, Especially Now.

Due to the current pandemic and its impact on our community, our youth and families need our attention and guidance more than ever.


Your programs are critical in improving the well-being of youth and families.


We hope that this celebratory week provides you a sense of confidence and comfort that what you are doing matters… 



We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, who are just as committed to helping people and building stronger, healthier and safer communities as you are.

Thank You.

AmeriHealth Caritas
Erie County
District Attorney's

Words of Wisdom

"Nothing gives us a better picture of this community’s future than a snapshot of how we’re engaging youth.


The individuals that UnifiedErie’s prevention prong recognizes each year, are nothing short of heroes."

Jack Daneri

District Attorney




November 2-6, 2020