champion – noun cham·pi·on\ˈcham-pē-ən\
- a person or group who fights or speaks for another person or in favor of a cause
- one who shows marked superiority
APCYF is now seeking nominations for Kids Champion awards:
Connect With Kids (CWK) Champions
Doing For Kids (DFK) Champions
Connect with Kids Champions are individuals or groups who do things WITH kids.
They excel at building relationships with young people that are positive and supportive; and guiding them in their growth and development.
Do For Kids Champions are individuals and groups who do wonderful things FOR kids.
They are great at creating opportunities for children and meeting unmet needs. A “Do-For-Kids Champion works behind the scenes to support growth opportunities for children.
Both demonstrate a personal commitment to improving the lives of our youth.
2019 Nominations are open until April 24!
Nominate a Champion today! Online nominations* are open until 8:00am Monday, May 6, 2019. A Champion can be:
- Individual (youth or adult)
- Group or work team
- Organization or business
The Partnership has recognized 121 Champions since 2004. Most of those are Connect With Kids Champions; starting in 2018 we began to recognize a new type of Champion: the Do For Kids Champion, who does great things FOR and WITH kids.
Created as a way to recognize individuals or groups who do wonderful things with or for kids to help them learn and develop, these awards also seek to inspire others in the community!
Winners will be announced in Mid-May. If selected, APCYF staff or volunteers will work with you to determine a way to best recognize your Champion.
*Tips on writing your nomination:
We have no doubt that your nominee has done incredible things for youth, but we need YOU to show us how! Nominees are sometimes not selected because the nomination doesn’t provide enough information.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when nominating someone:
- Be thorough and concise in explaining why the person or organization should be a Champion
- As much as possible, include testimony, words or stories from young people. The Selection Committee is particularly interested in hearing directly from youth, or that incorporate stories by or about youth in the nomination
For the Connect with Kids award:
Illustrate or explain how the nominee builds relationships with youth and children; and the kind of guidance and support they provide.
For the Do For Kids award
Illustrate or explain what the nominee has done to provide opportunities that allow them to grow and/or broaden their horizons or perspective; provide supports that take care of unmet needs of young people