The sixth annual Youth STAR Awards, sponsored by the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition, recognizes local youth for their outstanding contributions to community through leadership, mentoring, participation, and volunteerism.
“It is fundamental to our mission to recognize young people for their contributions to their communities, schools, organizations and especially for their service to others,” said DJ Peterson, executive director of the Vision Coalition. “When youth are engaged in community activities and believe their efforts are valued, they are far more likely to make good decisions.”
The ceremony, including a formal banquet for 150-plus expected guests, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills.
Nominees are between 12 and 18 years old and residents of El Dorado County. The nominations are reviewed for final selection by other youth, as well as the Vision Coalition board and staff. In addition to awards presented by the Board of Directors, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines will present each recipient with a certificate from the California State Assembly.
Over the past seven years the Vision Coalition has partnered with schools, parents, law enforcement, health professionals and others to increase services and opportunities for youth. They use positive youth development strategies in their work and provide asset-based training to organizations that work with youth. Through the mini-grant program, the Vision Coalition sponsors more than 25 local organizations to improve and develop their youth programs.
To learn more about the Vision Coalition and upcoming events and activities for youth visit edhVisionCoalition.org or call (916) 941-8482.