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The Nomination Process

Each nomination must include contact information for the nominee and nominator, details about the youth or youth group nominee, and a nomination narrative. Nominators are expected to notify the individual or group before submitting their nomination for consideration and are highly encouraged to ask the youth or youth group nominee to submit a supplemental self-nomination using the same link.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

For each question in the nomination narrative, please describe the nominee’s service and contributions to the community. Each answer should contain under 1,000 characters (roughly 120-180 words). The questions in the nomination narrative are:

  1. Provide a brief summary of why you chose to nominate the individual/group. (What motivates them? Who are they? What stood out to you?)
  2. Describe the need the individual/group meets and the community impact.
  3. Quantitative Data: What were the outcomes of the nominee’s volunteerism between January 2020 and April 2021? Provide quantitative data citing number of masks sewn, number of virtual events held, volunteer hours tutoring siblings, etc., that shows results of the volunteer service activities.
  4. Qualitative Data: What made this nominee’s volunteer service extraordinary? Provide anecdotal information, such as stories and testimonials to demonstrate the non-measurable impact of the nominee’s volunteerism on our communities.

NEW: The nomination process has been expanded to collect and consider the perspectives of the nominees, themselves. Our Office understands that each person’s unique goal, impact, and experience is best told through their own voice. We highly encourage youth to share their own perspective as a form of supplementary self-nomination.

The questions in the self-nomination narrative are:

  1. What community need did you identify?
  2. What actions did you take to meet the need?
  3. What was the impact of your service?

The narrative will be the only information used to select the recipients of the Youth Service Awards. View an outline of the nomination form.

In addition to the nomination review, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism will use the narrative in parts or its entirety on social media, on the website, and in awards event materials.

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