Information provided by the Douglas County Youth Initiative
Please join in and nominate special teens in the Douglas County community between the ages 13 to 19 who have overcome adversity and created positive change in their lives, as well as the lives of others. The community’s participation is key in making sure these young adults are recognized for their success.
Nominations for the 2017 Douglas County Outstanding Youth Awards are now being accepted and 10 of the award recipients will be honored at a reception in April hosted by the Douglas County Youth Initiative. Nominators will be invited to speak at the ceremony about the obstacles the individual they nominated overcame and how those individuals have inspired change.
This one-of-a-kind award encompasses all youth: youth who have not finished their K-12 education, youth in traditional classroom settings, youth in group homes, youth in alternative schools, youth in foster homes and emancipated youth.
“The young people who are recognized with these awards often have not received public recognition for their personal achievements,” said Douglas County Commissioner David Weaver. “This event not only calls attention to the untold stories of achievement by our community’s youth, it is also an opportunity for area businesses, the community at large, civic leaders and educators to demonstrate their belief in, and support of young people in our community by recognizing them for the individual challenges they have overcome.”
Award recipients will receive a signed letter from elected officials recognizing the teen’s achievements, a $100 certificate for educational or activity fees to be redeemed at a later date and county-wide recognition of their award.
For more information on the Douglas County Outstanding Youth Awards, visit www.douglas.co.us/community/partners-and-providers/youth-initiative. Nomination forms may be filled out online or downloaded from the website and must be filled out no later than March 31.