My Brother's Workshop founder wins national service award

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ST. THOMAS - Scott Bradley, the co-founder and driving force behind the non-profit organization My Brother's Workshop, has been awarded national recognition by being named the winner of the 2014 Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children and Youth.

The Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth are "bestowed annually to 10 relatively unknown men and women for their efforts on behalf of the health, education and welfare of children and youth, particularly those at risk," according to the organization's website.

Bradley was nominated for the award by Gov. John deJongh Jr., whose letter cited Bradley's "exceptional service and unwavering commitment to the youth of the Virgin Islands."

My Brother's Workshop was established in 2009 to provide training in basic building skills to economically disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 24. Since the program began, more than 80 percent of the participants have gained employment or re-enrolled in school.

The Lewis Hine Awards were established in 1985 by the National Child Labor Committee and are named for photographer Lewis Wickes Hine, who captured pictures of abhorrent child labor practices in the early 1900s.

The awards are presented annually by the National Child Labor Committee to 10 recipients, five professionals and five volunteers, for "their unheralded and exceptional service to young people." Each recipient of the award receives $1,000 and a trip to the awards ceremony in New York City.

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