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January 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition would like to recognize youth for making a difference in our community.  If you see, hear, or know of a youth who has gone the extra mile to improve the quality of life in our community, please take this opportunity to acknowledge and reward that effort. 


How Does This Work? The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition presents a "Youth of the Year" Award to recognize those youth who go above and beyond in serving their community either through their leadership abilities and/or their quality or level of community service in El Cajon.  Leadership can be defined as those individuals who consistently facilitate a team vision and help guide others towards success. Community service is work that helps better the community through the value and impact of those served.  Final awards will be based on dedication, commitment beyond what may be required by school, and demonstrated impact of those served. 

Who is Eligible? Two youth will be awarded each year:  one youth currently at the middle school level (grades 6th - 8th) and one youth currently at the high school level (grades 9th - 12th).  Note:  Recognized work by youth is based on their personal merits and contributions and is not intended to be limited to their school involvement.  All nominations are reserved for youth who are City of El Cajon residents. Youth will be recognized and awarded for service accomplished within the calendar year previous to the nomination period.  Currently awarding for work accomplished in and between, January 1 through December 31, 2011. Current Teen Coalition members are not eligible for this award.
Nomination and Selection Process - Anyone may nominate a youth by completing the nomination form found on our website at www.elcajonrec.org, and returning it to the City of El Cajon Recreation Department.  Nomination forms will only be accepted from now through March 9, 2012  The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition will review applications and select finalists in each grade level category.  Nominators of the finalist will also be invited to attend the March 18th Teen Coalition meeting to further discuss the accomplishments of youth they nominated with the Teen Coalition.  The Teen Coalition will make their final selection and notify the awarded youth recipients and their nominators of further details by the first week in April. 
Award Presentation - Youth selected for this award will be presented with a City of El Cajon Teen Coalition "Youth of the Year" Award plaque and proclamation during an El Cajon City Council Meeting in April. A perpetual plaque will also be displayed in the "Wall of Fame" case at City Hall.  Press releases will go out showcasing award recipients. For More Information please contact the City of El Cajon Recreation Department, Attn: Teen Coalition, 200 Civic Center Way, El Cajon, CA  92020, or you can call (619) 441-1754.


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