December 22, 2017

Paterson youth are accomplishing extraordinary things in our city--and this is your chance to let us know about Paterson's best, brightest, and most committed teens and the adults who help them.

It's once again time for nominations for the annual Dr. MLK Youth Recognition Awards, which recognize Paterson's most amazing young people, those who make the city a better place for all. Awards will be presented by the Paterson Youth Council (PYC) at its Dr. Martin Luther King Youth Recognition Breakfast, to be held on Monday, January 15-- Martin Luther King Day.

The PYC, facilitated by NJCDC, is a citywide youth-led and youth-driven civic program committed to informing and representing the young people of Paterson since its inception eleven years ago. PYC members meet regularly as part of a year-long leadership development program designed to allow them to build knowledge and advocacy skills in areas ranging from education to the arts to the environment.

In addition to meeting with city leaders and gathering regularly to discuss a variety of issues that concern and affect their age group, the members sponsor certain events throughout the year, including the MLK Youth Recognition Awards Breakfast.

The Youth Council believes that the holiday honoring Dr. King is the appropriate time to recognize Paterson's most committed and community-minded young people and the adults who help them. The Youth Council will be recognizing and honoring several youth, one adult, and one elected official from the City of Paterson, who have made a difference in their community through a commitment to the ideals and virtues espoused by Dr. King. One youth-serving organization will also be recognized.

We need your help to identify those deserving of this award. Please use this nomination form to nominate at least one individual or organization. In so doing, you will bring promising young people, adults, elected officials, and youth-serving organizations to the attention of the community, and document the impact that those you know are having on our great city. Please feel free to share the Nomination Form and distribute it as widely as possible.

Nominations must be received no later than by Friday, January 5 by hand delivery or the mail. If you have any questions, please contact David Gelman at or 973-413-1622.

We hope you will participate and nominate one or more individuals and/or youth-serving organizations deserving of this honor!

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