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GBS Transition Student Receives Illinois Council For Exceptional Children ‘Yes I Can Award’

Molly Yim standing with standing assistance device holding her ICEC Award.

GBS' Lauren Yim received the "Yes I Can Award" from the Illinois Council For Exceptional Children. (Photo Provided)

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GBS Transition Student Receives Illinois Council For Exceptional Children ‘Yes I Can Award’

Congratulations to Glenbrook South’s Lauren Yim for winning the ‘Yes I Can Award’ given by the Illinois Council For Exceptional Children (ICEC).

The ICEC recognizes students who have demonstrated determination and achievements in a variety of ways. The ‘Yes I Can’ award is given in six categories which include academics, arts, school and community activities, self-advocacy, technology and transition. 

Yim, a member of the class of 2021, is part of the Glenbrook High School District 225's transitional services program and received the award under the transition category.

Yim’s job coach Mr. Brian Ruder, said she started in transition services just before the pandemic started and has thrived. 

“Lauren’s positive attitude has been an inspiration to students and staff alike. She greets everyone with a smile, we have yet to see Lauren having a bad day. She continues to take on new challenges and preservers when she is faced with a difficult task. She is very conscientious with all her tasks and gives nothing less than her best. She is a great role model for other peers, especially in the area of self-advocacy”

Mr. Brian Ruder, GBS Job Coach

Yim worked as a greeter at Homegoods during the pandemic and now is at Costco where she sells food samples five days a week. In addition, Yim is currently taking an English class through Oakton Community College.

This is not the first time Yim has been honored by ICEC. She was awarded the Illinois ‘Yes I Can’ award back in 2017 under the academics category.

In total, three GBS students have received recognition by ICEC and one nationally for their achievements.

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