Youth Recognition

Orion Area Youth Assistance is pleased to be planning to honor students with our Youth Recognition Awards again this year.  We are still determining how we will be able to recognize students (with an in person ceremony or a virtual event like we hosted in 2021) but regardless of the format, we are excited to hear about students in our community!  

Please reflect over the past year and consider nominating any youth (or group of youth) who meet criteria for either of of our two award categories:  Community Service or Personal Achievement.

Youth who have helped an individual, an organization, or have performed a heroic deed without compensation may be nominated for our Community Service Award. This category does not include academic excellence, athletic involvement, or required service learning hours for graduation or other community group requirements.  We want to recognize youth for their special efforts above and beyond any program requirements.   


We also recognize students who 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 with Personal Achievement Awards.

The nominee must be a resident of Lake Orion or attend Lake Orion Schools. We ask you to please notify the youth that they are being nominated for one of these special awards and why you have chosen to nominate them. The Youth Assistance Committee will screen all nominations received and will contact those receiving awards.

Download the nomination form here and return it by the due date listed on the form.  If you have any questions, please email us at oaya@lok12.org or call the OAYA office at 248-693-6878. 

Thank you for your continued support of our programs,

Lisa Gdowski, OAYA Office Manager

A Special Thanks to some of our past event sponsors:

Congratulations to our 2021 Youth Recognition Award winners!!

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LOHS Robotics Team 302, nominated by Birgit MCQuiston for work with Blessings in a Backpack

Lucy Darnell, nominated by Dawn Ames for work with Blessings in a Brown Bag

Zachary Petrycia, nominated by James Colvin for work with Boy Scouts and various sports teams

Meredith and Theodore Foss, nominated by Christine Pittman for work with Little Ninja's Karate Enrichment Classes

Maddie Griffith, nominated by Dawn Ames for work with Blessings in a Brown Bag

Daniel Babcock, Kyler Carson, and Joey Thede, nominated by Lona Carson for projects supporting youth and families in Lake Orion

Thank you to our event sponsors, Oxford Bank, Skalnek Ford, and Golling GMC.  And thank you to ONTV for creating the wonderful video presentation to recognize all our award winners.