Christy Burgess has been awarded the D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year Award by the Indiana Youth Institute. Burgess is the program director for the Shakespeare Outreach Initiative, part of the Robinson Shakespeare Company at the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend. The program allows young people to learn about Shakespeare, acting, text analysis and how to work as an ensemble. The D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year award honors one exceptional youth worker, serving as recognition of the service and commitment it takes to help improve the futures of Hoosier children. As part of the award, Burgess will receive a $2,500 cash prize to be used toward professional development. Additionally, Burgess will be able to attend the 2016 Because KIDS COUNT Conference on November 29 and 30 in Indianapolis at no cost. She will receive her award at the conference luncheon on November 30.

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