Dr. Val Arkoosh Honored as Leonard Ferguson Youth Advocate

Horsham, PA, November 25, 2020 --(PR.com)-- On Saturday, November 7th, College Settlement awarded Dr. Val Arkoosh, Montgomery County Commissioner the Leonard C Ferguson Youth Advocate Award as the Virtual Gala. This award is given to a member of the Greater Philadelphia Community who has shown a strong commitment to children working as an advocate and voice for young people in support of education and activities beneficial to their health and well-being.

Dr Arkoosh has been an advocate for health care for all especially those most in need. Most recently, she has been instrumental in the handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Montgomery County. She has fought for equality in education, healthcare and nutrition for low income children. Val knows College Settlement personally as her children attended the Outdoor School Program.

“I am honored to be recognized for my strong commitment to the education and well-being of children.” Additionally, I am grateful to have a high quality, child-centered, historic organization such as College Settlement as part of the Montgomery County community. They are poised to continue adapting to the needs of our community in a way that is equitable and creates opportunity for thousands of children each year,” stated Dr Arkoosh.

College Settlement is preparing to celebrate their 100th anniversary of camp in 2022. The camp offers both day and overnight camps for children in the Philadelphia area. Their vision statement is: “Shaping the lives of young people by instilling respect for self, others and our natural world.”

About College Settlement

The mission of College Settlement Day and Overnight Camps, and the Outdoor School in Horsham is to provide environmental education and camping programs to young people from the greater Philadelphia area - especially those who are economically disadvantaged - in order to foster personal growth and prepare them to make a positive impact on the world. College Settlement now manages 235 acres in Horsham (and over 75 acres in the Poconos north of Bloomsburg) that include over 35 structures, a lake, two swimming pools, an environmental center, a community based farm, and our adventure challenge course – an activity that is designed to encourage leadership, communication skills, and social development within a group.
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Brian Simard