Minnesota Alliance with Youth

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TRWA 5WELFTH Annual Red Wagon Awards

The Red Wagon Awards honor young people in grades 6-12 in Minnesota that have shown resilience and overcome obstacles to achieve academic gains, give back to their community and grow to become leaders amongst their peers.

NOMINATION PERIOD CLOSED.  Nominations will open on February 1st, 2015!  

In 2015, the Alliance will be honoring three Minnesota youth and one youth-led community service club, each nominated by caring adults or partners in their local community.

The award winners will be honored at our 2015 Alliance fundraiser and Red Wagon Awards celebration event on June 11th at Macalester College.   Gathering together youth, parents, educators, mentors and community leaders, the Red Wagon awards celebration has come to be recognized as one of the most important events recognizing outstanding young people in Minnesota.

Read about the 2014 award recipients

WHO CAN NOMINATE A YOUNG PERSON?

Anyone who works with young people and Alliance partners of all types – nonprofit and community-based organizations, businesses, faith communities, government officials, educators, parents and families, AmeriCorps Promise Fellows, and other young people — all can submit nominations.

AWARD CRITERIA

The Red Wagon Awards recognizes those young people who have demonstrated any or all of the following:

  • Increased academic achievement
  • Civic engagement and service
  • Exemplary leadership

HOW ARE WINNERS SELECTED?

A selection committee of Alliance staff, Minnesota Youth Council members, Alliance board members, key partners, and AmeriCorps Promise Fellows evaluate each nomination and select award recipients.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Kate Suchomel, Director of Development and Communications, at ksuchomel@mnyouth.net or 651.587.1085.

2014 aWARD rECIPIENTS

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Vineetha Adams, Minneapolis

Courtney Bunker, Naytahwaush

Lapresha Collins-Melton, New Brighton

Ben Doeden, Worthington

Buster Kennedy, St. Paul

Christian Levings. Proctor

Kevin Nguyen, St. Paul

Delphin Niyonkuru, Minneapolis

Soua Thao, St. Paul

Desalegn Zemenfes, Worthington

GROUP AWARDS

Barnum Area Youth Group, Moose Lake

Funky Minds Interns, Funky Minds Nonprofit, Carver

Royalton YES! Team, Royalton High School, Royalton

Service Club, Harriet Bishop Elementary School, Savage

The Key Youth Board, Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield