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Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development Awards

The Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development Awards honor outstanding professionals, programs, and youth and recognize honorees for their efforts and excellence in the afterschool and youth development field.

The 2021 Georgia ASYD Award Finalists will be selected by an independent panel of judges. All award recipients will be announced during the virtual 2021 Georgia ASYD Conference held on September 14 – 16, 2021.

By submitting an application, participating organizations and individuals grant the Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development Initiative permission to use any of the submitted application materials, not protected by copyright, in advertisements or promotions, which may include internet/social media announcements of the 2021 Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development Awards, as well as print materials distributed at or in promotion of the event.

If you would like to nominate an organization or individual for an award, please complete and submit the online nomination form. Upon submission of the form, the nominee will be notified and given the opportunity to submit an application. While nominations are welcomed, organizations and individuals may self-nominate by submitting an application form directly.

Nominations will be accepted through May 21, 2021, and applications will be accepted through June 4, 2021, for the following awards:

    • Excellence Award – Recognizing outstanding afterschool or youth development programs
    • Leadership Award – Recognizing outstanding afterschool or youth development professionals
    • Rising Stars Award – Recognizing outstanding youth (ages 11 to 21) who have been active leaders in their afterschool or youth development programs
    • Innovator Award – Recognizing afterschool or youth development programs that innovatively supported youth and families during the global pandemic

Stay tuned for our application process to open very soon!

EXCELLENCE AWARD

An outstanding afterschool or youth development program that meets the highest standards of quality in the field and demonstrates capacity to meet the needs of children, youth and families in their community may be nominated for this award.

Afterschool or youth development organizations, departments and individual program sites which have operated for at least two years are eligible for the Excellence Award. The program can be public, private, faith-based, based in a school, neighborhood location, community center, library, museum, institution of higher learning, or military base. Anyone, including program staff, may nominate a program.

Congratulations to our 2019 Excellence Award Winner, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta!

 

TRAILBLAZER AWARD

An outstanding afterschool or youth development program that meets the highest standards of quality in the field and demonstrates an above and beyond approach to using the Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development Quality Standards in all aspects of their program. 

Afterschool or youth development organizations, departments and individual program sites which have operated for at least two years and have conducted at least one ASYD Quality Standards Self-Assessment are eligible for the Trailblazer Award. The program can be public, private, faith-based, based in a school, neighborhood location, community center, library, museum, institution of higher learning, or military base.

Congratulations to our 2018 Trailblazer Award winner, Next Level Community Development Center!

 

LEADERSHIP AWARD

An outstanding afterschool or youth development professional that demonstrates an understanding of the critical value of high-quality afterschool and youth development programs and exemplifies excellence in meeting the highest standards of quality and meeting the needs of children, youth and families in their community may be nominated for this award.

Afterschool and youth development professionals including executive directors, site directors, supervisors, coordinators and others who have at least five years of experience in the afterschool and youth development field are eligible for the Leadership Award. The individuals nominated should have contributed significantly to their program, their community and the field of afterschool and youth development.

Congratulations to our 2019 Leadership Award Winner, Chris Brodnan (Horizons Atlanta)!

 

RISING STARS AWARD

An outstanding afterschool or youth development program participant that exemplifies excellence in leadership and program and community engagement may be nominated for this award.

Youth ages 11 to 21 who have some connection as a program participant to a Georgia afterschool or youth development program are eligible for the Rising Stars Award. The individuals nominated should have contributed significantly to their program and their community and demonstrated positive leadership and decision making skills.

Congratulations to our 2019 Rising Stars Award Winners, Rosalie Vendrell (Boys and Girls Clubs of Valdosta), Matthew Brown (Kennesaw Teen Advisory Council), Destiny Harrison (Georgia Teen Institute), and Jamir Wright (High Achievers Program)!

 

INNOVATOR AWARD

An outstanding afterschool or youth development program that pivoted during the COVID-19 global pandemic to meet youth and family needs, while continuing to meet high standards of quality in the field and demonstrating an above and beyond approach to continue serving youth.

Afterschool or youth development organizations, departments and individual program sites which have operated for at least two years are eligible for the ASYD Innovator Award. The program can be public, private, faith-based, based in a school, neighborhood location, community center, library, museum, institution of higher learning, or military base.

The online application form will include the following equally weighted writing prompts:

  1. Innovation the program took on to support youth and families during the pandemic
  2. Impact the innovative programming had on the students served and on the community