2018 Youth Alliance Awards IMG 4573

Thursday, April 26, 2018
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
Appleton, Wis.

The Youth Alliance Awards presentation is one of the Volunteer Center’s signature events and is the ONLY volunteer award & recognition program exclusive to young people under the age of 18.  The award program, started in 1994, seeks to recognize the spirit of volunteerism, as found in future leaders of our community, and to encourage young people and adults to take hold of that same spirit in their own lives.

All individuals and organizations throughout the Fox Cities are encouraged to nominate any youth or youth group who has demonstrated a commitment to helping others and has succeeded in positively impacting the lives of others. Of all nominations, one individual and one group is chosen to receive the The Fox Cities Youth Service Award in recognition of service to the  community.

IMG 4817Nominations are now open! To nominate a deserving youth individual or group, please click here. The nomination period will close on Wednesday, March 28.

Click the links below to read about the 2017 Youth Alliance Award winners.





Nominations must be submitted by  Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Should you have any issues with the form below, please email [email protected]

Award Ceremony:

  • All nominees will be recognized at the award ceremony at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
  • Of all nominations, one individual and one group is chosen to receive the The Fox Cities Youth Service Award in recognition of service to the Fox Cities community.
  • Specific information about the Award Ceremony will be sent to you (the nominator) and the nominee(s) before the event.

Eligibility of nominees:

  • Must be in grades 1 through 12.
  • A resident of the greater Fox Valley area.
  • Service must be that which benefits Fox Valley residents.  

Nominating Procedures:

  • Nomination must be filled out completely and submitted via the form below.
  • Individuals or groups may nominate more than one candidate and may nominate themselves.
  • In the event of a large group nomination, the group will be allowed up to 5 individuals to accept the award at the Awards ceremony.
  • The decision of the Award Panel will be final.

Selection Criteria:

While a key component of the program  is recognition of committed youth volunteers, the  Youth Service Award winner will be the individual and group who have performed outstanding volunteer service in their communities. The Youth Service Award recognizes such service by elementary, middle and high school aged volunteers.

  • NEED: Nominee contributed a needed service to the community.
  • INITIATIVE: Nominee started new programs, used new methods to solve problems, initiated activities.  Involvement of the nominee was active, not figurehead.
  • ACHIEVEMENT: Nominee accomplished or eclipsed desired results. Volunteering for several volunteer organizations would also constitute a high level of achievement.
  • IMPACT: The activity or service produced positive changes and provided an example for other groups, individuals or society as a whole.
  • TIME: Amount of time devoted to the activity was significant.
  • CHALLENGE: Nominee overcame barriers or challenges, such as limited resources, physical or developmental disability, commitments to other volunteer or school projects or public perceptions of the problem.

Questions or comments, please contact Kristin at the Volunteer Center: 920-832-9360 or [email protected].


Youth Alliance Award Nomination Form

Nominator Information

Please note: The person filling out this nomination form will be receiving the attendance form for the luncheon to fill out and return to the Volunteer Center.

Information about the Nominee(s)

Enter name (or names) here, separate names by comma for group nominations
If this is a group nomination, please provide grades for all members of group
If this is a group nomination, please provide an email address for at least one group member.
If this is a group nomination, please provide a phone number for at least one group member.

Nominee's Volunteer and Community Service Work

Limit: 300 words
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(Include name, phone, email)

Claire Boldt
Rosie Cobb
Sydney Daul
Sophie Heinan
Bradley Jones
Thomas Kiesnowski
Emilei Klapka
Mia Kohls
Holly Krabbe
Robbie Nealy
Christian Pitsch
Drake Quick-Laughlin
Sydney Reinhard
Zachary Scharenbrock
Derek Schmidt
Sam Schubbe
Morgan Steinfeldt
Aaron Strauch
Olivia Van Hammond
Huachewh Vang
Elijah Yang

Congratulations to the individual winner, Huachewh Vang!

IMG 0682Huachewh Vang is a student at Appleton West who took up a personal mission to recruit 50 of his classmates to join the Appleton West forensics and debate team after hearing the current forensics coach would be retiring.  Huachewh developed a recruitment program of his own that included not just an orientation session for new participants, but a successful summer picnic in which Appleton North students were invited as well.  Huachewh has continued to take the lead throughout his senior year of high school by setting up a directory with names and email addresses, as well as volunteering his time to meet with new members every week. Huachewh believes in the mission of forensics to enhance students’ public speaking ability and self-confidence, and next year when he attends college, he still intends to continue working with the forensics club at West.

Appleton East Peers
Appleton East DECA
Saving Paws Animal Rescue:
Rachel and Brooke Jahner
Xavier Key Club
Youth Go Haunted House Co-Leaders:
Dayton Dewall, Bailee Kasbaum, Maggie Reagan, Devyn Arwood

Congratulations to the group winner, Xavier High School Key Club! 

Ann Van Hout, Rachel Westra, Alma Martinez, and Xiaoya Wang

IMG 0696The youth members that are a part of The Xavier Key Club have shown an initiative and dedication that is second to none. Some of the projects they took on this year included a free community Halloween party attended by over 100 children and their parents, and organizing the Thanksgiving Food Basket Project at Xavier High. They have taken over organizing and serving dinner once a month at Homeless Connections in Appleton. They planned the 15th annual Homeless Vigil, where club members stayed awake all night long to do service projects every hour which included things like making pet toys for the humane society, making blankets for Harbor House, and decorating socks for the children at St. Elizabeth’s hospital. They also have several members who visit the residents at Brewster Village for monthly games of bingo. The Xavier Key Club members have had an immense impact on the community and spent hundreds of hours making sure each service project was well-executed. The smiles of appreciation they receive from citizens at their events is enough to reassure them that their efforts are, without a doubt, definitely making a difference.