If you know outstanding teen volunteers, nominate them for contest

I have been asked by the AJC to alert Get Schooled readers to a contest that will reward Metro Atlanta teens who are outstanding volunteers in their communities.

From the AJC:

One of our advertisers wants to recognize teens who volunteer in the community. They are sponsoring a Young Leadership Award, and four winners will get $500.  If you know a teen doing great work, nominate him or her today.

I checked out the requirements for High School Hero and wanted to note a few that are important before you consider nominating a candidate. The deadline  for nominations is April 15.

•Nominee must be a high school student (grades 9-12) and enrolled in a public or private school program in Metro Atlanta.

•Nominee must be a Georgia resident and reside in Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding and Waltom.

•Nomination must be for actively volunteering with a non-profit organization or church program, or for an accomplished feat of community service which is voluntary and does not involve academic credit or financial remuneration.

•Nomination must be made by an adult – parent, teacher, guidance counselor, school administrator, church or organization member or adult (over 21) neighbor or community member.

Thanks, Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

6 comments Add your comment

Ed Johnson

March 30th, 2012
2:54 pm

Why in the world would the AJC want to turn “Metro Atlanta teens who are outstanding volunteers in their communities” into as few winners as possible and as many losers as possible?

Why wouldn’t the AJC invite those teens into a celebration instead of a competition?

And here I was thinking Obama’s “Race to the Top Competition” is the major problem.

Really amazed

March 30th, 2012
3:38 pm

Maureen, having trouble registering. Has anyone else had the same problem? The website keeps tellling me that the conformation has been sent to my email when it hasn’t been sent.

Ed Johnson

March 30th, 2012
3:49 pm

“Monetary reward to somebody, or a prize, for an act or achievement that he did for sheer pleasure and self-satisfaction may be viewed as overjustification. The result of monetary reward under these conditions is at best meaningless and a source of discouragement. He that receives an award from someone that he does not respect will feel further degraded. To clarify overjustification, I relate here an example told to me by Dr. Joyce Orsini.

“A little boy took it into his head for reasons unknown to wash the dishes after supper every evening. His mother was pleased with such a fine boy. One evening, to show her appreciation, she handed to him a quarter. He never washed another dish. Her payment to him changed their relationship. It hurt his dignity. He had washed the dishes for the sheer pleasure of doing something for his mother.”

–W. Edwards Deming. The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education

Really amazed

March 30th, 2012
7:32 pm

Some good students are truly good human beings as well!! I know, hard to believe.

Brandy

March 31st, 2012
1:08 am

Will there be a competition for younger Georgia students who are also outstanding public citizens? I know some wonderfully giving elementary and middle schoolers.

Ole Guy

March 31st, 2012
1:50 pm

Some years ago, the venerable John Houseman…Professor Kingsfield in the movie Paper Chase…played lead role in a movie surrounding Christmas Paegentry. During the course of the story, he most-eloquently described the amatuer…the volunteer…as one who performs simply for the love of that performed; not for the money; not for the fame, but simply for the love of…

I believe Ed’s comments run somewhere along the lines of this sentiment…volunteerism simply for the love of the providing a service.

For this very reason, I believe ALL teens are richly deserving of acolades.