2019 Excellence in Youth Leadership Award

  • The 2019 Excellence in Youth Leadership Award

    Our Defiance community has events and awards established to recognize adult leadership but none similar for our youth. Growing evidence* suggests leadership skills could be as crucial as academic skills in terms of important life outcomes, and the expectation for our youth to develop these skills is growing. The Ohio Department of Education identifies the importance of leadership development in its recently released Strategic Plan for Education. Leadership and reasoning skills is one of the four identified learning domains. The Strategic Plan states “Future success will not depend just on academic content knowledge. It will require students to exhibit leadership skills.”

    With the growing importance and expectation for our community to emphasize youth leadership development, we believe there should be an event in place to recognize and reward youth leadership.

    *In the paper titled The Character Factor: Measures and Impact on Drive and Prudence, authors Reeves, Venator, and Howard write: “A growing body of empirical research demonstrates that people who possess certain character strengths do better in life in terms of work, earnings, education, and so on, even when taking into account their academic abilities. Smarts matter, but so does character.”

    The vision of the Excellence in Youth Leadership Award is to create an opportunity for youth across our community to be celebrated publically for their leadership contributions.  

    Nominate a Youth in Kindergarten – 12th Grade

    The HCCS family believes everyone has genius and everyone can be a leader. Reflection on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, think about a youth who exemplifies great leadership habits and nominate them today! Nominations are due by 3:00 April 1, 2019. All nominees will be notified and the winner of each age category will be announced on Sunday May 19th. 

    Excellence in Youth Leadership Recognition Event

    On Sunday May 19th, a community-wide event will be hosted by Holy Cross Catholic School to recognize youth who have been nominated for exemplary leadership. The program will consist of a reception with light refreshments, recognition of all students nominated, award presentation highlighting each winner’s accomplishments and an inspirational speaker. Area organizations will be present with information available for students to get involved in community leadership opportunities.  

    Parents, teachers, all types of youth advisors/leaders and youth are encouraged to attend this event. All youth are free! Advance reservations are only $10 per adult. 

  • Nominate a student for the 2019 Excellence in Youth Leadership Award

    Deadline is 3:30pm April 1, 2019

    Make your Reservation for the 2019 Excellence in Youth Leadership Reception

    Sunday, May 19th 2:00pm