2013 Candidates press for the prize
By Stephanie and Eric Stradford
AMWS, April 17, 2013, Atlanta – Youth Achievers USA Institute, sponsor of THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, today launched its 2014 invitation for entries. Americans ages 7-24 qualify for national participation in the organization’s economic capacity building program. April 15th is the annual deadline for entry. A free downloadable application worksheet at www.YouthUSA.net engages a “Whole Village” in the Positive Youth Development of one American Future.
To date, 88 Americans have qualified as corporate beneficiaries for a “fair share” in an ongoing capital campaign. Each winner has posted written goals in seven key areas of human development. The institute values a youth’s individual goals as “Money-n-the-Bank.” A grassroots community reinvestment process matches charitable contributions and social enterprise investments to create economic fellowships for qualifying youth.
Supporters of community asset building commonly refer to these measurable fellowships as “Individual Development Accounts.” As an example, under the federal Assets For Independence (AFI) program, more than 81,000 individuals have enrolled in IDAs. 60,108 accounts have been opened, depositing a total of $56,653,295 in earned income.
Applications for 2013 induction are now being reviewed by a task force of YouthUSA directors, fellow beneficiaries and registered community asset managers. YouthUSA hosts such interactive discussions at its virtual meeting place, THE CONFERENCE CENTER. Any caring adult member of an applicant’s Whole Village can add value to the youth’s vision of his or her own future as a subscriber. YOUTHUSA LIVE MEETINGS, and mobile technical assistance events augment on-demand access to ongoing discussions.
YouthUSA programs and discussions commonly support a federal government definition of Positive Youth Development. The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), is composed of representatives from 12 federal departments and 5 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth.
According to the IWGYP, Positive Youth Development is “an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.”
Caring adult members of any Whole Village can post congratulatory comments for any of YouthUSA’s current or pending winners. These comments reflect individual and collective interest by the Whole Village, and may add value to YouthUSA’s corporate interest in a particular beneficiary.
2013 APPLICANTS SHOULD LOOK FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS VIA EMAIL
CARING ADULTS PLEASE POST CONGRATULATORY COMMENTS BELOW