This means that you, yes, you, reading this, if you live in Antigua and Barbuda, are challenged to look around for deserving young people, submit their names and be a part of getting them the recognition and encouragement they’ve earned through their effort, attitude, and achievement. So, get to it.
Here’s what they’re looking for:
* Between 10-35 yrs.
* Nationals of Antigua & Barbuda
* Resident in Antigua
* in good social standing
…who have excelled in the following disciplines –
Media – up for grabs two individual awards to young media practitioners (one nominated by the DYA, one by the public) and one for a media house who has made a significant contribution to the development of our young people as well as the positive portrayal of youth in media.
Cultural & Performing Art – up for grabs two individual awards (both nominated by the Department of Culture and the general public).
Literary Arts – both the literary community and the general public are encouraged to submit names for this award.
Visual Arts – Departments of Education and Culture as well as the general public are invited to present nominees.
Entrepreneurship – the Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Association, and the general public are asked to submit nominations.
Community Service – two awards are up for grabs – individual and youth group.
Young professional – to a young professional who through excellent and professional practice upholds the standards of his or her profession; nominations invited from the business sector and various professional associations.
Young Artisan – this includes painters, blacksmiths, masons, seamstresses, craftsmen and women of all stripes. Nominations invited from the public.
Young Pioneer Award – to a young person/group who is breaking new grounds in areas such a film; information technology, manufacturing etc.
Phoenix Award – to a youth who have overcome the odds and like the Phoenix has risen victoriously out of the ashes!
Young Activist – awarded to a young person who has mobilized community support and action around some issue they felt strongly about.
There will also be awards, nominated by the applicable bodies, in the areas of Education, Agriculture, Tourism, Sports, and for Barbuda’s Best.
Rounding out the awards are –
Corporate Awards – given to corporate citizens for youth development initiatives; nominations are invited from sports and youth groups.
Lifetime Achievement Awards – honouring adults who have contributed to youth development – 5 such awards to be handed out – nominations are invited.
All nominations should reach the Department of Youth Affairs, at the Prime Minister’s Office Drive (off Factory Road) by August 29th 2014. For more information, call 462-6781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org