The San Diego County Public Defender’s Office wants your help celebrating the region’s remarkable teens.
Do you know a teen who is phenomenal at something they do? Perhaps you know a great artist, photographer, actor, dancer, or musician — or someone who excels at nontraditional sports. Maybe, the nominee applies his or her creativity to inventions, entrepreneurship, or fashion design.
Or he or she is an activist, a campus leader, is civically involved, does public speaking, or is engaged in community service. Maybe this student has displayed bravery, courage to overcome adversity, or personal determination.
If you know someone ages 12 through 19 who fits the bill, nominate them by April 1. The aim of the program is to provide an opportunity for youth in San Diego to be recognized for their positive accomplishments and to change the view that young people are problems to be managed rather than valuable community assets.
The Public Defender Youth Council will consider and interview the nominees for each of the 25 categories. The Youth Council is made up of high school students who are interested in civic engagement, and members work with Public Defender’s Office to develop projects that make a difference in the community.
Teens who are nominated with receive a certificate of recognition for the honor of being nominated. The 25 selected will be celebrated at a special ceremony and presentation at the San Diego Central Library.
Nominations may be emailed or mailed to Connie Howard at San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council, 450 B St., Suite 1210, San Diego, CA 92101.