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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 among their peers.

The nomination period for the 2015 Red Wagon Awards has passed.

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.  REGISTER TODAY to attend this exciting event!


The Red Wagon Awards will recognize three young people in grades 6-12 in Minnesota who have demonstrated 2 or more of the following:

  • Improved Academic Achievement (Nominee has shown improved attendance, increased engagement in school, raised GPA, improvement in grades, etc.)
  • Civic Engagement & Service (Nominee has become an active and frequent participant in service projects, participates in a service club or advocacy group, etc.)
  • Exemplary Leadership (Nominee has shown resilience in the face of challenges to become a leader for their peers. Examples can include: led a service project, head of a student organization, founded a student group, etc.)


One youth-led group will be honored with a 2015 Red Wagon Award.  The group winner will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Civic Engagement and Service (The group and its members are active and frequent participants in service projects and efforts to improve their community.) Describe the group’s commitment to service or engagement. What projects or events have they organized? What inspires youth to participate in this group?  How has this group impacted their community? 
  • Exemplary Leadership (The group and its members are seen as leaders amongst their peers and in their community, taking the lead on issues that impact youth.) How have the group’s members become leaders in their community? How have the members grown as a result of their leadership role? How has the group’s leadership impacted their peers and community? 
  • Service Project (UNSCORED) The winning group will be given the opportunity to plan a service project at the Red Wagon Award Banquet. What sort of project do you think the group would be willing and interested in preparing.


Anyone who works with young people – 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.  There is no limit to the number of nominations you can submit.


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.

*Three individual winners will be selected, and each will receive a $500 award to improve or enhance their capacity to improve their community through service and/or leadership.  One group winner will also receive $500 to carry out their service work and further their impact in their community.


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



The 2015 Red Wagon Awards Ceremony is presented with generous support from AT&T.





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


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