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Statewide Youth Awards Contest has $2,000 up for grabs

By From Brenda Wilt

Friday, June 8, 2018

Youth groups across Pennsylvania that have carried out projects to benefit their township in the last year are invited to enter the Youth Awards Contest of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS). Four winning groups will each receive a $500 cash award and a framed certificate.

The award program is open to Boy and Girl Scout troops, 4‑H clubs, church and school groups, and civic service club youth organizations from elementary through 12th grade. To be eligible, all projects must involve youth in planning and implementation and must have a major impact on one or more townships of the second class (governed by a board of supervisors). Eligible projects must have been undertaken between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Multi‑year, ongoing projects are also eligible as long as part of the project occurred during the contest year.

Eligible projects include such activities as community beautification, safety, recreation, voter registration, conservation, and direct services to residents of the community, such as the elderly, children, the underprivileged, the handicapped and disabled, and hospitalized patients.

All contest entries must be submitted to the group’s county association of township officials, which will formally nominate the group for the award. Representatives of PSATS and youth organizations will judge the entries in July/August. In addition to the cash prize, winners will receive coverage in their local newspapers and in the State Association’s monthly magazine, the Pennsylvania Township News.

Guidelines and entry forms are available online at (choose the PSATS Youth Awards button). The deadline for submitting the completed entry forms to the county association president is July 2, 2018.