Neighborhood Youth Volunteer Award

About The Award
The Neighborhood Youth Volunteer Award recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions by a single youth (ages 18 and under) or group which improves or positively affects the lives and living conditions of individuals in their neighborhood. The youth volunteer should reside within the neighborhood organization boundaries but may or may not be an active member in the organization. We are looking for youth volunteers who have either participated in organized volunteer efforts or youth who have demonstrated initiative, identified a need and/or created his or her own volunteer activities to meet a specific community concern. Listed below are some examples:
  • Assisting at a day camp     
  • Cleaning animal cages at museum, pound or nonprofit
  • Creating and publishing a neighborhood youth newsletter
  • Distributing neighborhood group newsletter and flyers
  • Fund raising for a worthy cause
  • Helping to build a house
  • Mowing lawns / shoveling snow for elderly neighbors
  • Participating in neighborhood block clean-ups
  • Purchasing delivering grocery supplies for elderly residents
  • Serving as a safety patrol
  1. Eligibility Requirements
  2. How to Nominate
  3. Support Documentation for Nominee
  4. Submission Deadline
  5. Judging Criteria

Eligibility Requirements

Any resident-led, resident-controlled city neighborhood organization recognized by the RNA and Office of Neighborhood Services is eligible to apply or be nominated for these awards. This includes neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, neighborhood watch groups and tenant associations. 

  • Nominators may nominate themselves, individuals residing in their neighborhood, individuals residing in a  neighborhood different from their own for their efforts to improve the quality of living in Roanoke.
  • The project or activity must have been carried out during July 1 to October 31. 
  • A Nomination Form must be completed and submitted by the November 18th deadline. 
  • There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted by any one individual or group.
  • Activities or contributions for which the person is nominated must not be performed as an element of paid employment. 
  • Contributions to the neighborhood may have occurred over the course of many years but the judges will give special consideration to recent activities.
  • Nominations may include yourself, a family, family member, friend, or neighbor who makes noteworthy contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood. 
  • The nominee may also be an individual from a neighborhood different than where the nominator resides.