For the seventh consecutive year, the City of Allentown is looking to honor outstanding young persons across the city.
Launched in 2012, the “Catch a Young Person Doing Something Right” campaign honors the numerous young people who contribute to the well-being of Allentown.
“It is important to recognize young people whose positive contributions make Allentown a better place,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “This is an opportunity for members of organizations and neighborhoods to show how much they appreciate them. It is my hope that many people will take a few minutes to nominate the youth of the city who make them proud.”
Residents are encouraged to submit names of youth they’ve “caught doing something right” in one of the following three categories:
Volunteerism – For assisting someone or improving a neighborhood or the community in general
Scholastic Achievement – Notable academic improvement and/or academic excellence
Going Over and Beyond the Call of Duty – for doing more than following the rules, such as making a good decision even when peers chose otherwise. For showing leadership skills, critical thinking, problem solving, maturity or conflict resolution.
Criteria: Youth ages 7-18 years old, group nominations are welcomed; nominees may not be nominated by themselves or a family member; nominees must live in Allentown or go to school in Allentown; scholastic achievement nominations must be for an Allentown school; only one nomination is permitted per person.
Thirty-six youths were honored last year at a reception in City Council Chambers.
Nominations are due by Monday, February 26, 2018. Nomination forms can be requested via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, downloaded from the city website at; https://www.allentownpa.gov/Live/Neighborhood-and-Community-Engagement/Catch-a-Young-Person, or by phone 610-437-7743.
Completed nominations can be mailed to City of Allentown, c/o Mayor’s Office, 435 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101 or emailed to the email address previously listed.