Awards for February 2008

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Excellence in Leadership Award 

For: Leadership excellence by one young person and one youth-led organization each year.

By: New Light Leadership Coalition

Winners: The Chester Youth Council, a youth-led organization within the Chester Youth Collaborative in Chester, Pa.; and Brady Walker, a senior at the University of Maryland/Baltimore County, who serves on the Maryland Governor’s Commission for Service and Volunteerism and founded Kids Requesting Action for a Safer Highway.

Contact: (410) 494-1588,

Excellence: Brady Walker, second from right, receives his award from New Light Leadership Coalition. With him are (l. to r.) Coalition President Farajii Muhammad; Randal Pinkett, a winner of “The Apprentice” reality TV show; and Quinn Conyers, last year’s Youth Leader of the Year.

Caring Awards winners Mollie and Jackie Singer …

… and Jourdan Urbach.

Caring Awards 

For: Individuals who exemplify the value of caring through their unselfish contributions to society.

By: The Caring Institute

Winners: Adult winners include Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, which provides jobs and job training to at-risk youth in Los Angeles; Rose Espinoza, founder of Rosie’s Garage, a tutoring program in La Habra, Calif.; and Karin Walser, founder of Horton’s Kids, which provides health, recreation and tutoring services in Washington.

Youth winners are Lauren Beeder, 16, of Newbury Park, Calif., founder of kidsCANCERvive; Davin Singleton, 18, of Pasadena, Md., who created a self-esteem workshop called Dreamers: How to Become Your Dream; Mollie and Jackie Singer, 18, of Las Vegas, co-founders of Diabetic Angels; Jourdan Urbach, 16, of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., a violin virtuoso and founder of Children Helping Children, which raises money for medical research; and Emily Wemhoff, 18, of Creston, Neb., for her fire-safety organization called Project S.A.F.E.

Contact: (202) 547-4273,

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Samuel Hunting Public Service Award

For: Graduating college seniors who wish to pursue a year of public service anywhere in the world. Winners will receive a $10,000 stipend.

By: The Samuel Huntington Fund

Deadline: Feb. 15

Contact: (508) 389-3390,

International Young Eco-Hero Awards

For: Youth ages 8 to 16 who have worked to protect the environment through education, activism, research or creative action projects.

By: Action for Nature

Deadline: Feb. 28

For: Youth ages 15 to 18 who have exemplified leadership qualities academically, athletically or through public service may compete to represent the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

By: American Young Ambassadors Program

Deadline: March 3


American Young Ambassadors Awards

For: Teams of middle school students who have completed a project that uses the scientific method to solve a problem in their community.

By: Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation

Deadline: March 17

Contact: (800) 291-6020,