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2023 nominators and nominees

Youth Recognition

Orion Area Youth Assistance (OAYA) is seeking nominations for youth for our 30th Annual Youth Recognition Awards. We are excited to plan a ceremony in early May to celebrate our Award Winners.  We once again have 3 categories for student nominees, the Good Citizen Award, Personal Achievement Award and Community Service Award.


The Good Citizen Award recognizes a student who may have traditionally "flown under the radar" with respect to awards. These students demonstrate consistent behaviors that contribute to a kind, accepting, and inclusive environment in their classrooms, school, or other community groups. We are looking for students who you would characterize as kind, empathetic, helpful, friendly, and/or inclusive. These are the types of students who frequently invite a friend to join the group or stand up for a student who is ostracized.


The Personal Achievement Award is for youth that have demonstrated a dramatic positive change in attitude or behavior, overcome a significant obstacle (health, family situation, etc.), or have made a strong, positive academic turnaround.


For the Community Service Award, we are seeking youth (or you may nominate a group of youth for a group award) who have a passion for volunteering and have exceeded expectations by consistently volunteering at school, church, or community organizations beyond basic graduation or other service hour requirements. Examples include assisting seniors or persons with disabilities, working with younger students who need support, and leading or organizing extracurricular activities or community events.


Please use the above link to access the nomination form. Return the completed form to Orion Area Youth Assistance, CERC Building, 455 E. Scripps Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48360. Forms may also be sent by e-mail to or faxed to 248-693-1494. Our deadline for nominations is Friday, March 1, 2024

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