Until a few years ago, 4-H was a program out of reach for many York City kids.

That may make sense on some levels. After all, the 4-H focus has historically been on educating youth about agriculture.

But, thanks to Marilyn Hake, the 4-H experience arrived on York County's urban streets five years ago.

With the help of a friend connected to the Penn State Cooperative Extension, Hake began her training to become York City's 4-H coordinator. She said it's an "incredible" program that has extended new experiences to the kids in her neighborhood and those who attend Tidings of Peace Christian School, which opens its building to the group.

They've planted a garden, learned to make jellies and jams and taken trips to places such as Washington, D.C.

For her work, Hake will be recognized Thursday during Mayor Kim Bracey's State of the City Address.

The event: The public event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at York College's Collegiate Performing Arts Center, 441 Country Club Road. As is tradition, Bracey will share goals for the year and honor recipients of the York Awards.

Hake is one of three recipients of the York Leadership Award.

"This year's awards will be presented to individuals that have had a tremendous impact on our community," Bracey said, according to a news release.

Recipient of the York Humanitarian Award is Dr. David Uhrik, a local dentist who provides dental care to the underprivileged and poor in York City at little to no cost.


This year's York Unity Award goes to Jamiel Alexander for his work as a teacher at Crispus Attucks.

The York Recreation and Parks Volunteer Award recipient is Cori Strathmeyer for her work to promote health and recreation through various organizations.

Leocadia Almeyda will receive the York Scape Award for picking up litter and beautifying her neighborhood.

The York Public Arts Award will go to Patrick Sells and Casey Tyrrell, co-owners of Salvaging Creativity and artists who designed functional art pieces for downtown York.

In addition to Hake, two other people will receive the leadership award. They are Elodia Barajas-Zepeda for "her support and encouragement of young people and their families to reach their educational goals" and Chris Day for 17 years of coaching youth basketball, football and track.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.