The 12 finalists in the next round of the Proud of Them initiative will receive $500 in addition to a six-month billboard feature.
Osbourne Bodden, minister for youth, announced the additional prize when the Ministry of Youth launched the second round of nominations on Wednesday.
“Recognizing these young people for their accomplishments motivates them and other young people within the community to keep reaching higher,” Mr. Bodden said.
Nominations for the program, which aims to recognize the achievements of youths ages 10 to 25, will be accepted until Sept. 27.
In its first round, the Proud of Them initiative received 176 nominations in the six categories of academics, business, sports, culture, career and community service. There were nominations from every district, including the Sister Islands.
Joel Francis, senior policy adviser for the ministry, said that the nominations submitted during the first round will also be considered in the second round.
Those who nominated youths who have since achieved additional successes are encouraged to send an updated nomination form.
The nominations carried over from the first round will be re-evaluated and scored. The ministry is also asking for evidence to be submitted alongside nomination forms.
“We’re looking for evidence of significant achievement, we’re looking for evidence of them being responsible and hardworking, that they have a positive attitude, that they motivate others and demonstrate leadership qualities,” Mr. Francis said.
The ministry is also seeking financial assistance from the private sector to fund the 12 finalists’ prizes.
“The majority of our youth are very, very good people,” Mr. Bodden said, adding that he believed it was only a minority of young people who tarnish the reputation of the whole.
Nomination forms are available at www.ministryofhealth.gov.ky and www.gov.ky. For more information or to submit a nomination, email [email protected]