Young People of Achievement Awards

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YWCA Alaska’s Young People of Achievement Awards recognize Alaska youth, ages 16-18, who have overcome major obstacles in their lives, and who have made efforts toward fulfilling the mission of the YWCA: to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Spring 2024 Nominations Open Now

Nomination Criteria

The nominee must:

  • Be 16-18 years of age
  • Live in the state of Alaska
  • Have faced one or more major obstacles in their life
  • Have made efforts towards fulfilling the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Honoree Package

Selected youth will be celebrated with the following award package:

  • $2,000 scholarship from Alaska 529
  • Public recognition at an event to be hosted at the YWCA office in Anchorage in late May

How To Apply

Step 1: Gather Application Information

You'll need:

  • One letter of recommendation from an adult willing to be a reference. This can include a letter from past or current employers, school staff, program staff, clergy, or any others in the community that you feel are applicable. You may use the Young People of Achievement Letter of Recommendation form  or include the recommendation as a separate document.

On the application form below you'll be asked to write:

  • A short biography: One page maximum. Please be sure to include your volunteer experience, interests, and hobbies.
  • A short essay: Respond in at least two paragraphs to the following question: What obstacle(s) in your life has/have been the most challenging, and how did you overcome it/them?
  • A short essay: Respond in at least two paragraphs to the following question: What have you personally done towards fulfilling one or more components of the mission of the YWCA, which is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all?

A completed packet including all items on checklist above must be received by YWCA Alaska by Wednesday May 15, 2024.

Step 2: Fill Out Application Here

If you prefer, you may download and print a paper application.

 

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Step 3: Submit or Send

 

After completing the online application, press SUBMIT to finish.

If printing a paper application, be sure to send/deliver the application and any required materials by the stated deadline.

2023 Young People of Achievement Awardees

Josie Herbert
Josie Herbert
Maddy Reckmeyer
Maddy Reckmeyer