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.
Jordanna Southall, now a Social Worker at the Ministry of Children and Family Development, previously received an award. We asked her how it felt.
“It felt great to be nominated. When I found out about the nomination I felt pretty important,” recalls Jordanna. “This was also the first time I really comprehended that there is a whole week dedicated to children and youth in foster care which is great!”
“What made this nomination special was the words my social worker used about me, and that I was able to receive an award with two people who impacted my life so much – my foster parent and social worker,” said Jordanna.
Awards are a great way to find strength from each other
Jordanna believes awards like the BC Child and Youth in Care Awards help young people from care to build strength and overcome future challenges or adversities.
“It’s important for children, youth and young adults to be acknowledged and celebrated by the people around them for just being who they are. I think this is especially important for children; youth and young adults from foster care who have endured adversities and overcome difficult challenges.” says Jordanna.
“The awards are a great way to connect with other young people who are in and from foster care and who have faced and overcome similar struggles,” she adds.
“Recognizing the success and strength of those who have been in foster care shows others the resiliency that these young people have.”
Sharing positive stories also helps young people realize that there are many other successful and healthy young people who have been in foster care that they can connect with.
Jordanna’s advice for young people in and from foster care is to never give up. “You continue to amaze people around you!” And to those caring people who surround young people in and from foster care, Jordanna has a final message.
Don’t forget to let these individuals know how amazing they 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