Nominations for the 2018 Outstanding Youth Awards allow the community to nominate elementary through high school students for the categories of innovator, entertainer, athlete, entrepreneur, scholar, volunteer, and overall outstanding youth. Nominations close on Sept. 22 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. A ceremony for the winners will be at noon Nov. 10 in the Fine Arts Center. The keynote speaker will be youth activist, poet, and 2017 MLK Profile in Courage winner Asha Marie.
As a nonprofit, OYA aims to empower youth for greatness by promoting volunteerism, mentorship, empowerment workshops, and cultural events encouraging kids to continue down the right path. Past OYA winners have started nonprofits, organized community donations, and created initiatives. The 2018 sponsors are Local Cue’s Studio 8, Cowart Awards, QuikTrip, Long Branch Baptist Church, Upstate Business Journal, and others.