2013 Winner Steven NcNair

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Steve McNair

Winner of the First Annual Community Leadership Award

Steve McNair is an Illinois beekeeper and winner of the first annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award and the accompanying $5,000. He is the director of development at Salem4youth, a therapeutic residential program for at-risk young men ages 12-18 years old. Steve used the award to help Salem4youth use the complexity of honey bee colonies to mentor teenage men.

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 Steve’s experiences in beekeeping, Salem4youth recently added an apiary of six hives to its working farm program.

In developing this unique, hands-on program, Steve realized the potential of beekeeping to provide a unique skill set and approach to teaching responsibility and discipline to Salem4youth teens. With the help of local beekeepers, McNair played an integral role in launching and establishing the apiary in spring 2013.

“Bayer’s recognition of our apiary program and the experiences it has brought to our youth is truly an honor,” Steve said. “This award not only reinforces the organization’s beekeeping efforts, but it also encourages our staff and youth to continue advancing the program.”