For the first time since 2019, Arapahoe County was able to host the annual Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards in person, honoring 23 area high school seniors who have overcome a wide range of obstacles to achieve personal and academic success.
These annual awards are given to students who have dealt with different types of adversity—including unstable living conditions, learning disabilities, discrimination and abuse, and economic hardship—to achieve academic excellence. In virtually all cases, these students are viewed by their teachers and fellow students as inspirational school leaders. The scholarships they receive must be used to defray costs during the subsequent academic year at vocational or two- or four-year colleges.
The Covid pandemic canceled the event in 2020 and forced it to be held virtually last year, and the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners was delighted to see about 100 guests—including the honorees, their friends, families, and supporters; the event sponsors; and elected and ACMCYA officials—in person again after a three-year hiatus. “We look forward to this night every year, as we get to recognize an outstanding group of young people that is especially deserving of our extra support to help them succeed. And it’s even more of a celebration this year,” said Arapahoe County Board Chair Nancy Jackson, the evening’s emcee.
The winning students have a wide range of future goals and plans, including pursuing medical and other advanced degrees, starting their own business, supporting their family, and being role models for their siblings and peers. The students had to be nominated for these awards, typically by a teacher or school counselor, and they then submitted their own application and essay to be considered by the review panel, which is comprised of public officials from around the County.
To meet the 23 winners and learn more about the Youth Awards program, visit our website.