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 two types of Champion awards:
Mary Ann Moran Connect With Kids (CWK) Champions
Do 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/youth and meeting unmet needs. A “Do-For-Kids Champion works, sometimes unseen and behind the scenes, to support growth opportunities for children/youth.
In 2019, APCYF named this award after the creator, Mary Ann Moran. Ms. Moran was one of the first staff of the Partnership and developed this award in 2004 as a way to encourage adults in the community to ‘connect with kids’. She remains strong in her belief that every adult can connect with kids.
Both types of champions demonstrate a personal commitment to improving the lives of our youth. Want to see examples? Read about the 121 Champions who have been recognized since 2004.
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Class of Champions
Nominate a Champion today! Online nominations* close at midnight Monday, May 18, 2020. A Champion can be:
- Individual (youth or adult)
- Group or work team
- Organization or business
Created by Mary Ann Moran 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 by the end of May. If selected, APCYF staff or volunteers will work with you to determine how 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.
- Include testimony, words or stories from young people. A nomination with statements from the young people who benefitted from the work of the nominee is much more powerful.
- 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