Maine (Abdirahman) Warmahayye, a senior at Burnsville High School, received the Servant Leader Award at the Model United Nations conference in Minneapolis April 5-7. This award celebrates youth leaders who have gone above and beyond modeling servant leadership.
Maine was selected for this award because of his leadership as a delegate with the Youth in Government Model United Nations program through the YMCA and as a leader with the Burnsville Youth Collaborative (BYC).
The award, developed by youth leaders, recognizes the notion that servant leadership is a staple of the value system that Youth in Government strives to instill in all delegates – the desire to serve others and stand for ideas larger than themselves. It recognizes those who lead selflessly and act bravely. It is meant to showcase student leaders who are found outside the bounds of elected office, who embody the spirit of selfless giving.
He exemplifies a servant leader in his ability to connect and mentor younger students. His commitment to leading, supporting and empowering youth is what makes him very deserving of this award. Often, he puts aside his own interests and sacrifices his time to help others.
“This is a great honor,” said Scott Peterson, executive director at the Burnsville YMCA. “I am excited to know [he] is active in his high school, but more importantly active in developing youth in our community.”
The Model United Nations program creates a working replica of the United Nations, conducted almost entirely by students. Students can participate in a model General Assembly, International Court of Justice, Economic and Social Council, Security Council, Human Rights Council or Conference Newspaper.
The BYC exists to provide leadership for local organizations to partner with young people to develop, empower and prepare them for success. Partners include Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, the City of Burnsville and the Minnesota Valley YMCA. These organizations share resources to create quality afterschool programming for the youth of Burnsville.