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City seeks to recognize youthful achievement

The idea is to honor children who distinguish themselves in a variety of ways.

By CRISTINA SILVA
Published October 18, 2006


The requirements range from volunteering with the elderly to starring on the school's basketball team to overcoming a personal hardship.

If your child calls St. Pete Beach home, and is 10 to 19 years old, he or she could qualify for a St. Pete Beach Youth Recognition Award.

The City Commission announced the Youth Recognition Program last month, but so far residents have yet to nominate a local youth. Honorees do not have to be full-time residents of the city, but should spend at least part of the year here.

Anyone can submit an application recommending a youth at any time, said Natalie Strong, a spokeswoman for the city. If the youth is selected, he or she would be invited to the city's annual volunteer dinner in January. The honoree will also receive a plaque recognizing their achievements.

Commissioner Michael Finnerty, who came up with the idea, said he thought the program would be a way to promote community pride.

"It kind of gives the community a good feeling that there are some good people around here," he said. "It can be something these kids can fall back on and look back and say 'hey, my whole town was behind me in this particular moment in my life and I shouldn't feel like a failure when I'm really a winner.' "

To further engage its youngest citizens, the city also plans to create a youth council later this year. The council will give children a chance to see how the city operates and allow them to contribute to the City Commission. The council will also review applications submitted to the Youth Recognition Program.

Cristina Silva can be reached at csilva@sptimes.com or 893-8846.

 

Fast facts

Nomination process

What: St. Pete Beach Youth Recognition Program

Who Qualifies: Youths 10 to 19 years of age who reside, at least part time in the City of St. Pete Beach

How: Candidates can be nominated by St. Pete Beach mayor, city commissioner, resident, teacher, family member, nonprofit agency, neighborhood or community association or a local business. Forms can be obtained at City Hall or at: stpetebeach.org/agenda/08_08_06_youth_recognition_program.pdf.

Where: Complete the nomination form and drop it off or mail it to: Attn: Youth Recognition Program C/O PIO Office, St. Pete Beach City Hall, 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706.

[Last modified October 18, 2006, 08:03:39]


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