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Community Mentor Wins Inaugural Bayer CropScience Bee Care Leadership Award
Date:6/19/2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) June 19, 2013

Bayer CropScience will honor Illinois beekeeper Steve McNair today with its first Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award. The award will be announced at Bayer’s National Pollinator Week Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C., an event where supporters of pollinator health celebrate the contribution pollinators make to the world’s food supply.

The Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have harnessed the power of the honey bee colony to benefit their community. Applicants are judged on their ability to improve a community by leveraging the intrinsic workings of a honey bee hive. The recipient’s organization is awarded $5,000 to aid in the advancement of the winning initiative.

McNair is the director of development at Salem4youth, a therapeutic residential program for at-risk young men ages 12-18 years old. Salem4youth mentors and supports youth and families in crisis. The organization’s four-phased program focuses on social skills needed to help its members reintegrate into their communities and develop a successful future. Inspired by McNair’s experiences in beekeeping, Salem4youth recently added an apiary of six hives to its working farm program.

“Salem4youth’s apiary program is an exemplary initiative that demonstrates the importance of honey bees while offering youth skill-building and community support,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. “We are honored to recognize Steve’s innovative leadership during National Pollinator Week and hope his program’s accomplishments will inspire others to channel the lessons to be learned from honey bees.”

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