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
For the first time, APCYF seeks nominations for TWO awards.
- Connect With Kids (CWK) Champions, and a NEW award:
- 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.
2018 Nominations are open til February 28!
Nominate a Champion today! Online nominations* are open through Monday, February 26, 2018. A Champion can be:
- Individual (youth or adult)
- Group or work team
- Organization or business
The Partnership has recognized 114 Connect with Kids Champions since 2004. We look forward to recognizing 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 early March. 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:
Connect with Kids award:
- Be thorough and concise in explaining why the person or organization should be a CWK 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.
- Illustrate or explain how the nominee
- builds relationships and
- provides guidance and support.
Do For Kids award
- Be thorough and concise in explaining why the person or organization should be a DFK Champion
- Where possible, include testimony, words or stories from young people. The Selection Committee is particularly interested in hearing directly from youth, or seeing nominations that incorporate stories by or about youth in the nomination.
- Illustrate or explain what the nominee has done to
- Provide opportunities for youth to broaden their horizons or perspective
- Provide opportunities to allow youth to grow, learn and develop as a person
- Provide supports that take care of unmet needs of young people