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Our youth are our future – Nominate a special teen for the 2018 Youth Award

Information provided by the Douglas County Youth Initiative

Nominations for the 2018 Douglas County Outstanding Youth Awards are now being accepted. This one-of-a-kind award encompasses all youth: youth who have not finished their K-12 education, youth in traditional classroom settings, youth in group homes, youth in alternative schools, and youth in foster homes.

Ten award recipients will have the opportunity to share their special night with family members, their adult supporters and elected officials at an April reception hosted by the Douglas County Youth Initiative. Nominators will be invited to speak at the ceremony about the obstacles the individual they nominated overcame and how those individuals have inspired change.

The award recipients will receive a signed letter from elected officials recognizing the teens’ achievements, a $100 certificate for educational or activity fees and County-wide recognition of their award.

“These teens who are recognized with these awards are young people who very often have not received public recognition for their personal achievements,” said Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas. “This event calls attention to their untold stories and is an opportunity for area businesses, the community at large, civic leaders and educators to demonstrate their belief in, and support of, young people in our community by recognizing them for the individual challenges they have overcome.”

For more information about the Douglas County Outstanding Youth Awards, fill out an online form, or download printed forms visit You may also contact Marsha Alston at or 303-814-5327. Nominations must be submitted no later than March 31.



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