Milly Kibrick Youth Service Awards honor young men and women who actively demonstrate leadership in community service, particularly in the areas of community empowerment; science, technology, engineering and math; or innovative thinking.
Nominated students are current high-school juniors who graduate the following year. They must be residents of Westchester County.
Nomiated students should exhibit a commitment to, and leadership in, the award critera outlined below. The Youth Board selects up to 10 students for recognition at an annual awards dinner.
The establishment of the Milly Kibrick award
The Milly Kibrick Youth Service Awards are given in memory of Milly Kibrick, a prominent county social worker and youth activist, who dedicated her life to helping underprivileged children. During her career and in retirement, she was the quintessential social worker, social entrepreneur, volunteer and political activist pursuing social and economic justice for children of all ages.
The call for nominations takes place in May or June of each year and the awards ceremony takes place in October.
Written descriptions should describe the nominee's most remarkable community service efforts and activities in his or her school, in the local community or even across the globe. The Youth Board is looking to understand how a student's actions made life better for others. The board is particularly interested in understanding how these activities reflect the criteria below, each carries equal weight of 25 points:
- Commitment to learning: Young people need to develop a lifelong commitment to empowering those in their educational environment and their community as they strive to ensure environmental, educational, and economic justice.
- Positive values: Young people need to develop strong values that guide their choices. These values include helping other people, promoting equality and social empowerment, integrity, honesty and responsibility.
- Social competencies: Young people need skills and competencies that equip them to make positive choices, build relationships, and succeed in life. They can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations and seek to resolve conflicts nonviolently.
- Pro-active identity: Self-directed young people demonstrate leadership and take initiative. Students should excel beyond fulfilling basic community service requirements.