Community Leaders Honored

Posted March 9, 2018

Community Leaders Honored

The Settlement Home for Children (The Home) recognized 49 high school juniors as the 2018 Community Youth Council, Marcella Cannatti as Outstanding Youth Participant and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation as the Community Leadership Award recipient on February 25 at this year’s Shining Star Gala.

The Shining Star Gala, formerly known as SpringFest, was held at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. This event highlights the achievements of Austin-area youth, who have committed to donating their time and efforts as volunteers with The Settlement Home. Through this program, The Settlement Home hopes to instill a love for philanthropy and community in tomorrow’s leaders.

Marcella Cannatti was a member of the 2017 Community Youth Council and chose to spend her summer volunteering at The Settlement Home. Marcella said that her volunteer experience allowed her to make a contribution to improving the lives of the young women her own age living at The Settlement Home.

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation was selected as the 2018 Community Leadership Award recipient for their efforts to support education, family economic stability and childhood health.

The Settlement Home has a long partnership of support from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For many years, the foundation has invested in The Home as part of their work to address child welfare needs in the community by funding projects and providing training opportunities for The Home’s staff members. The impact of their involvement with The Settlement Home is seen every day, allowing therapeutic work to take place with residents and improving their education through academic one-on-one tutoring.

Do you know outstanding high school sophomores who are interested in making a difference? Nominate them as they start their junior year to be a part of The Settlement Home’s Community Youth Council by emailing!