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Nominations Being Accepted For Douglas County Outstanding Youth Awards

Hello!  It’s time for one of best events of the year!  The Douglas County Outstanding Youth Awards!  Please consider nominating a youth!


The Douglas County Youth Initiative was established in 2005 to coordinate local youth-serving efforts and assess the needs of the County’s youngest residents.

One of our events is the Outstanding Youth Awards, an award that recognizes teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives. The awards program provides business, community and civic leaders an opportunity to actively demonstrate their belief and support for the young people in our community.


In describing your nominee, please be specific as to why you think your nominee should receive this award. As you fill out the form, keep in mind that the more information you include, the easier it will be for the screening committee to recognize what makes these young people so special. We realize that some of the information may be sensitive. Please indicate if any of the information needs to be kept confidential.

Please note:  If a parent is nominating their child, the screening committee requires at least one non-family member provide a letter of support.  These letters can be from a teacher, coach, neighbor, a professional involved in their life, etc. 

2019:   Each of our 10 winners will be asked to write a short essay about a situation or an influence that made a difference in their life that has created a positive change.  They will be asked to read their essay at the reception honoring them.  The essay will be due on April 19, 2019, and the reception will be on April 29h.

Award Nomination Forms

Forms must be submitted by March 29, 2019.  Use the below link to nominate a youth:

Award Recipient Reception

After selecting our award winners, recipients, their families and nominators will be invited to a dessert reception to be held on April 29th.

Mission of the Youth Award

To identify and recognize 10 teenagers who reside in Douglas County, who have overcome obstacles and risen to challenges life has presented. 

The Youth Award is unique because it recognizes youth who have overcome difficult situations in their lives by making positive changes and by exhibiting strength and determination in the face of adversity. The young people we recognize have had a positive influence on themselves and those around them and often have not had any official recognition.

This one-of-a-kind award encompasses all youth: youth who have not finished school, youth in traditional classroom settings, youth in group homes, youth in alternative schools, and youth in foster homes.