The Children’s Champion Awards started in 1996 to recognize shining examples of those in the community doing good things for children. The awards are designed to recognize and thank individuals, businesses, government agencies and organizations for their tremendous contributions toward making Genesee County the best place to raise children. Some of the awards include scholarships for youth. The categories for nomination are as follows:

Outstanding Individuals (Five Award Categories)

  • James T. Dover, Jr. Outstanding Senior Award – Any senior adult (volunteer, employee or college student age 60+) who goes beyond the call of duty to do something special to help make Genesee County a better community for children. This can include, but is not limited to, volunteering regularly at a school, serving as a Foster Grandparent and/or hosting fundraising events to benefit youth.

 

  • Roy E. Peterson Caring Adult Award – Any adult (volunteer, employee or college student age 18-59) who goes beyond the call of duty to do something special to help make Genesee County a better community for children. This can include, but is not limited to, working tirelessly in a field that benefits children, leading a faith-based youth group and/or serving on boards of youth-focused organizations.

 

  • Robert E. Weiss Outstanding Youth Award * – A high school student who has done something special to help make Genesee County a better community for children. This can include, but is not limited to, mentoring/tutoring younger children, organizing initiatives to benefit other high school students and/or volunteering for organizations that help children.

*Note: A nomination in the Outstanding Youth category qualifies 12th grade students to apply for the Bob Emerson Scholarship of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

 

  • Crim Fitness Foundation Active and Healthy Leader Award (Individuals need not be affiliated with the Crim in order to be nominated) – Any adult who goes beyond the call of duty to promote participatory health and fitness activities which benefit the children of Genesee County. This can include, but is not limited to, running a wellness program for children, serving as a coach for a school sport and/or supporting Special Olympics or other organized sporting events for youth.

 

  • Curbco Vocational Education Award * – Any high school senior or post-secondary learner age 24 or younger who is pursuing a career path through vocational education, also known as career and technical education or technical and vocational education and training. This type of education prepares people for specific careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician or other professional position. At the post-secondary level vocational education is typically provided by an institute of technology, Polytechnic, university, or by a local community college.

*Note: The Curbco Vocational Education Award includes a $1,000 scholarship toward training expenses.

 

Outstanding Business, Organization, Government Agency or Community Initiative (Four Award Categories)

 

  • Special Opportunities for Children and Youth – Any business, organization, government agency or community initiative that offers, supports or provides special opportunities for children and youth. This can include, but is not limited to, special programming, resources, scholarships, camps and/or other opportunities which would otherwise not be available.

 

  • Healthy and Safe Places for Children and Youth – Any business, organization, government agency or community initiative that offers, supports or provides programs that improve health outcomes and/or encourage healthy activities and safe places for children to learn and play. This can include, but is not limited to, programmatic support for physical, mental or emotional health, nutrition, prenatal care, parenting support, afterschool programming, sports programs, enrichment programs and/or support or provision of space for the above mentioned purposes.

 

  • Opportunities to Develop Life Skills for Youth – Any business, organization, government agency or community initiative that offers youth the opportunity to develop life skills. This can include, but is not limited to, programs which support positive youth development, skill/vocational training and/or employ youth in meaningful and positive work.

 

  • Volunteerism Opportunities for Youth or to Serve Youth – Any business, organization, government agency or community initiative that offers, supports or provides youth with volunteerism opportunities or provides employees/members with the opportunity to volunteer for organizations working to improve the lives of children. This can include, but is not limited to, any program, individual or institution that supports and integrates meaningful community service that engages or serves youth.

All applications are DUE by 5:00PM EST on December 15, 2017. Please email completed form to kids@prioritychildren.org