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TCCY Seeks Nominations of Advocates, Youth for Award

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is soliciting nominations for the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award (application as a pdf file) and the Youth Excellence Award (application as a pdf file), both to be awarded March 10-11, 2015, at the annual Children’s Advocacy Days. These forms may be filled out online and printed.

Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award. Guidelines for selection of this award to recognize outstanding advocates include:

  • Nominees shall have demonstrated commitment to improving, expanding, and/or advocating for children and youth.
  • Nominees shall have lived in Tennessee for at least five years.
  • Priority will be given to nominees who are/have been involved with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and/or the TCCY Regional Councils on Children and Youth.

The following criteria may be used in the selection process:

  • Length of Service/Advocacy Efforts;
  • Scope of Service/Advocacy Efforts;
  • Impact of Service/Advocacy Efforts;
  • Source of nomination.

Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award nominations must be received by February 13, 2015.

Youth Excellence Award. Nominations are needed for the Youth Excellence Award. The award honors a young adult who has overcome his or her past involvement with the juvenile justice system with the strength to contribute to his or her community. The inaugural winner, Fredrick Harris, worked with children in state custody as an employee of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, the agency to which he was committed as a youth. The winner for 2002, Reginald Dewayne Taylor, now serves a church and his Memphis community. A more recent winner, Drake Dudley, despite being sent to a Youth Development Center, is now a dental student at Meharry Medical College, where he helped create Project Dream, a non-profit organization that mentors high school and undergraduate students who are interested in careers in the medical/dental field. Edward Johnson was nominated by the Just Care Network for his participation in that program. Nominees should have overcome great obstacles and be currently contributing to their communities.

The award recipient must be:

  • Under 28 years of age;
  • Not a member of the Commission or the Coalition from Juvenile Justice (does not exclude members of TCCY regional councils);
  • A person who was involved in the court system as a juvenile; and
  • Currently involved, directly or indirectly, in bettering the lives of at-risk youth.

Youth Excellence Award nominations are due by February 13, 2014.

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TCCY also awards the KIDS COUNT Media Awards and the Senator Douglas Henry Public Official Award. These award winners will also be recognized during Children’s Advocacy Days.