The Game Loft honored its young community builders who donated 10 or more hours of volunteer service in the preceding year.

Brian Johnson was honored as Volunteer of the Year with 183 hours of volunteer service. Also honored was Tyler Cross, Teen Volunteer of the Year for the State of Maine for 2013-14 for his outstanding service through The Game Loft.

Nine youth donated between 10 and 39 volunteer hours, six youth donated 40 to 79 hours, two youth donated 80 to 119 hours and seven youth donated more than 120 hours of volunteer service this year.

This service included mentoring younger Game Loft participants, working as advocates in the Circles of Care program, shoveling snow, raising funds, cleaning up and helping at Arts in the Park, assisting in 4-H programs, and a variety of other activities. Youth learned how to work on boards and committees, how to identify community needs, and how to use their skills and strength to the service of others.

Youth who received awards Oct. 24 were: Jordan Hodges, Zach Barbosa, Floyd Hotham, Destiny Winslow, Garrett Sylvia, Madison Johnson, Sage Horton, Nicholas Troutman, Alex Nelson, Lille Gates, Bradley Frost, Christian Hodgson, Darrien Mitchell, Tai Melendy, Alex Doyne-Ditmas, Lyta Mitchell, Cassy Lincoln, Tyler Cross, Jesse Perry, Amber Roberts, Owen Allen, Will Whitney, Rebecca Leeman and Brian Johnson.

Rio Greeley, former Volunteer of the Year told the group, “I donated more than 1,000 hours of service to the community during my time at The Game Loft. I challenge you to do even more. When you do, call me and we will celebrate together and I will be proud of you.”

The Game Loft provides an environment where young people are guided to become caring, competent, confident, contributing and connected adults. The Loft is open Monday for young gamers 12 and younger, Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m., Friday 2 to 8:30 p.m. for young people age 18 and younger and at Mount View Middle School, Wednesdays, 3 to 5:15 p.m. for youth in grades 3 through 12. For more information visit

The Loft is funded in part with support from the City of Belfast and other Waldo County municipalities, United Midcoast Charities, United Way of Eastern Maine and many individual donors and other foundations.