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Time to Honor Outstanding Youth in Sacramento County

“Youth Inspire!” Award Nominations Being Accepted Through January

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Every day, young people in Sacramento County are making positive contributions to their local communities. Often, those efforts go unnoticed. It is now time to honor those local youth who are making a difference for themselves or others at home, school or in their community.

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is announcing that nominations are now being sought for the Youth Inspire! Award. The award recognizes the positive efforts, strong character, and achievements of young people throughout Sacramento County. The program is being presented by the Prevention and Student Services Department of the County Office and the Youth Inspire! Partnership Council.

"So many young people in Sacramento County are quietly making positive contributions in their local communities," said David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. "The Youth Inspire! Award provides us with a great opportunity to shine a much-deserved spotlight on those who are making a difference."

Those eligible for nomination are Sacramento County residents, ages 5-21 years, who are making positive contributions to their community and/or demonstrating significant achievement or character. Any person-including parents, teachers, employers, friends and clergy-may submit a nomination. Nominations may also be submitted by an organization. The names of nominators will remain confidential.

The Youth Inspire! Award consists of a personalized letter of congratulations, a certificate and an invitation to an awards ceremony.

Youth Inspire! was launched in 2002. It is a collaboration led by the Sacramento County Office of Education. Partners include Elk Grove Unified School District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, San Juan Unified School District and the Sacramento City Parks and Recreation and California Parks and Recreation Society.

Nominations will be accepted through January 31, 2007. For additional information, contact Lynn Milan at (916) 228-2449.

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