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February 14, 2013

BEACON Award nominees sought

NEWBURYPORT — Nominations are now being accepted for the fifth annual BEACON Awards.

Every year, as part of the BEACON Coalition, Newburyport Youth Services seeks to recognize people helping to build the 40 youth assets in the community. The Developmental Assets are 40 common-sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults.

The fifth annual BEACON Awards will be held Thursday, March 14, at Newburyport City Hall Auditorium on Pleasant Street.

Nominations of individuals, families or organizations striving to better their community, practice positive views and continuing to let their voices be heard are being accepted. The five award categories are:

Caring Neighborhood: Someone in the neighborhood who demonstrates kindness and caring to young people, who lends a hand when needed or who is always there when someone needs help.

School Engagement: An individual or organization that is helping to engage students in a creative way at one of Newburyport’s schools.

Positive View of Personal Future: An organization that helps to build a positive view of oneself in the future in young people. This can also be awarded to a young person who displays a positive view of his or her own future that is affecting them today.

Positive Family Communication: A family in the community who has impressed with a positive relationship, communication style and willingness to be open and truthful with each other.

Equality and Social Justice: A young person who has demonstrated character and conviction in his or her everyday life. This individual will be someone who is passionate about social justice and equality and is willing to take a stand to promote equality.

Nominations are needed this week. Send them to outlining which category the nomination is for, name of the nominee and their e-mail or phone number, a brief explanation of why they are nominated their contact information.

The BEACON Coalition is Newburyport’s collaborative effort to support and strengthen youth assets. Working with multiple sectors of the community, the BEACON Coalition strives to promote safe, healthy lifestyles through youth and community development opportunities.

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