YIPA Hall of Fame: Brian Swerine
On December 1, 2023, Stillwater resident Brian Swerine joined an elite group of individuals when he was inducted into the Youth Worker Hall of Fame. Nominated for the Friends of Youth Leadership Award, Brian was chosen because he stood out as a leader in their field with a tireless commitment to youth.
Since 1999, the Youth Worker Hall of Fame includes individuals that go above and beyond in their service to youth in need and recognizes them for their accomplishments. Over the years, only 97 individuals have achieved such status in the youth worker field.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a big deal,” said Paul Meunier, the Executive Director of the Youth Intervention Programs Associations (YIPA). “We know that everyone who devotes their career to helping our young people is a superstar, but Hall of Fame members stand out as incredible people that we should all try to emulate.”
“I think it was Whitney Houston who said, ‘I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way’”! This recognition says as much about the young people I have served, and their desire to improve their own lives, as it does about me,” said Brian.
Brian works for Northern Star Scouting as the Director of Exploring and Juvenile Diversion. These two programs offer help to youth who may be seeking their future career or to those who have made a mistake and wish to redeem themselves in their communities.
Youth work connects young people with caring adults to develop their unique skills and individual talents, so they become productive, contributing members of their community.