The annual KIDS Network Youth Impact Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Shepard Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library (421 S. McClelland St.) from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. This celebration honors outstanding local youth making a difference in the community. Two winners and two honorable mentions will receive awards and a small cash prize, and all nominees will receive a certificate and be acknowledged by local elected officials. Winners will present brief highlights of their work in the community. The Awards celebration is free. All who would like to attend in support of youth making a difference should register in advance by visiting www.YouthImpactAwards.com to RSVP.
Winners will be announced at the ceremony. Two types of awards will be given this year: a Victory Award to a winner who has overcome adversity and hardship to help others, and a Champion Award to a winner whose long-standing or time-intensive service has helped others overcome adversity and hardship.
The Youth Impact Awards have become a tradition. Each year the KIDS Network – a countywide umbrella organization including members from public agencies, the courts, law enforcement, education, community- based organizations, school-linked programs and parent groups – honors young people who have had a significant positive impact on their communities in Santa Barbara County. Nominations are made by members of the community. Nominees must be between ages 10-18 and live or attend school in Santa Barbara County. Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of KIDS Network members who remain anonymous to ensure that the process is unbiased. The selection process is always challenging due to the remarkable achievements of so many young people in our community.
The Youth Impact Awards are possible, in part, thanks to the participation of KIDS Network members such as the Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Santa Barbara County Probation Department. Light refreshments for the awards ceremony will be prepared by the Probation Department’s Los Prietos Boys Camp Culinary Arts Program. Through the Culinary Arts Program, wards of Los Prietos Boys Camp are selected to work in the kitchen, where they are introduced to all aspects of the culinary experience. Through hands-on training they learn about food preparation, presentation, cooking, cleanup, food safety and storage.
For more information on the event, please visit www.youthimpactawards.com or contact Dennis Tivey at 681-4543, Gloria Munoz at 681-4452, or Barbara Finch at 681-4678.