Do you know a child or youth from care that deserves to be celebrated and acknowledged by an award?
The BC Child and Youth in Care Awards recognize the amazing achievements of children and youth in and from care from across the province. During BC Child and Youth in Care Week (June 6 – 12) awards will be given across three age groups and in 6 categories.
See below for more information about each award category, and nominate someone today!
Deadline: nominations must be received by April 15th, 2016 at 4:00pm.
What’s it like as a young person to be nominated or receive an award? Does it make a difference to the young people are recognized, celebrated and acknowledged?
Chelsea Turpin, former-youth-in-care-turned-Policy-Analyst at the Ministry of Children and Family Development, previously received an award. We asked her how it felt.
"Being nominated was extra special because I was nominated by the Victoria Youth in Care Network – a network I volunteer with that supports youth and young adults in their transition out of care," says Chelsea. "It was my first time being nominated, and another youth in our local also received an award and we were given them during our annual Ice Cream Social and BBQ to celebrate Child and Youth in Care Week."
Chelsea stressed the opportunity these awards represent to recognize the resiliency, strength, and uniqueness of children and youth in care, and the important role they play in building relationships. "I think these awards are also a great opportunity to strengthen relationships between those who nominate the child/youth and the nominee, as it takes courage, time, and kindness to nominate a child or youth," she observed.
Speaking from experience
Chelsea knows how much it means to get nominated. "Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to make a child or youth feel special!" says Chelsea. "The effort that you put into the nomination means a lot to the nominee. I would also encourage you to share your nomination package with the nominee, as the kind words you write may mean more to the child or youth than the award itself!"
the kind words you write may mean more to the child or youth than the award itself!
Chelsea has a simple message for all BC Children and Youth in Care.
Be proud of and be true to who you are.
Nominate someone today
Nominations can be made online via a simple form. Please make sure that you have updated contact information for the individual you are nominating before you submit your application.
If you require additional information about the awards please contact:
BC Child and Youth in Care Awards - Categories
Demonstration of achievement in Educational or Athletics pursuits.
a child, youth or young adult who has excelled in their educational goals or in the pursuit of athletic activities.
Demonstration of courage and leadership.
a child, youth or young adult who shows a willingness to try new things, take healthy risks and/ or demonstrates leadership in home, school or community life.
Demonstration of cultural connectedness.
a child, youth or young adult who is connected to their cultural community through language learning, dance, artistic pursuits, volunteering or ceremonies.
Demonstration of achievement in artistic pursuits.
a child, youth or young adult who is connected to the arts community through participation in creating art, performance, writing, dance, drama or spoken word.
Peer champion award.
a child, youth or young adult who actively provides peer leadership, role models healthy behaviors, and or is seen as a powerful self advocate or advocate for the rights of children, youth or young adults. * Must be accompanied by both an adult nomination AND a peer nomination.
Super Star Award.
one award provided in each age group for a child, youth or young adult who excels in 2 or more of the five categories.
DEADLINE: Nominations must be received by April 15th, 2016 at 4:00pm