Chaney was one of four recipients of the Young American Award given out at the 2018 Spurgeon Luncheon. Chaney also received a five-hundred-dollar scholarship with her award. Chaney, an Orange County Sheriff’s Explorer, has shown remarkable maturity, aptitude and ability. She has participated on the Explorer color guard team and tactical competition team. Several of the awards presented to competition teams have been received under her command and due in part to her confidence and ability to communicate and delegate tasks to other explorers. Chaney is one of the primary instructors and responsible for preparing the next generation of Explorers for upcoming competitions.
Outside of her duties as a Sheriff’s Explorer, Chaney volunteers her time with other worthwhile groups and has even founded her own nonprofit organization – “Taking Action Centered on Kids” or TACK. This organization is focused on creating care packages and raising awareness for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Recently, Chaney saw a need in the homeless community, specifically homeless veterans, and expanded TACK to include this often-neglected group. Chaney began working with the Lake Forest Police Services Homeless Liaison Officer, and has provided him with enough materials and resources to reach out to over fifty homeless individuals to help get them the assistance they need. Chaney Received the 2017 Red Cross Youth Humanitarian Award as well as the Leadership award for Explorer Post 449 in 2017. Chaney is a pleasure to supervise and work around. She is the first to volunteer for tasks and completes them to the highest of expectations. Instead of looking at problems and complaining, she takes the initiative to better those around her. The role she has taken upon herself to help those around her shows a level of maturity and dedication to her fellow man that is difficult to find in individuals her age.
Due to Chaney’s hard work, leadership skills and dedication to the Explorer Program, she was recently promoted to the rank of Explorer Captain and oversees the Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita Divisions for Explorer Post 449. Congratulations, Chaney!