BC Child and Youth in Care Awards
BC Child and Youth in Care Awards

Stand with children and youth in and from government care by celebrating BC Child and Youth in Care Week (BCCYICW) being held from June 5 – June 11, 2017. Now in its seventh year, BCCYICW celebrates and acknowledges the resiliency, diversity, talents and accomplishments of young people in and from government care and their challenging journey. BCCYICW is a joint partnership between the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks, Adoptive Families Association, the Metis Commission, the Indigenous Perspectives Society, the McCreary Centre Society, the Vancouver Foundation and the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC.

An array of local events, festivities and initiatives will be held around the province so stay tuned to find one nearest you!

The BC Child and Youth in Care Awards recognize the amazing achievements of children and youth in and from care from across the province.

Who Can Be Nominated?
Nominations for the awards are being accepted in three age groups: 6 - 12, 13 - 18 and 19 - 24.

There will be one recipient in each category for each age group. Please select one category per nomination unless you are nominating a Super Star!

Categories are:
1) Demonstration of achievement in educational or athletics pursuits.
2) Demonstration of courage and leadership.
3) Demonstration of cultural connectedness.
4) Demonstration of achievement in artistic pursuits.
5) Peer Champion Award.
6) Super Star Award.

Who Can Nominate a Young Person?
Award candidates may be nominated by MCFD staff, Delegated Aboriginal Agency staff, community partners and groups, foster parents, peers and individuals. The nominator will be advised of those who have been selected by May 8, 2017.

DEADLINE: Nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can nominators submit multiple nominations?
A: Yes!

Q: Are peer nominations accepted? If so, can an adult help to complete the form?
A: Yes! We absolutely encourage peers to nominate each other.

Q: Are nominators required to inform the youth they are submitting their name?
A: Yes, please inform the child, youth or young adult who you are nominating. This is a great opportunity to build your relationship with the nominee and to recognize their awesomeness!

Q: What is the prize?
A: All nominees will receive a certificate to acknowledge their amazing contribution. Up to 6 young people in each age group will receive an award and gift.

Q: Who chooses the winners?
A: Winners will be chosen by a committee of youth and adults (internal and external to MCFD).

Q: How many awards are being given in total?
A: There will be at least 15 awards given. There may be three additional Super Star awards if nominations for that category are received.


If you require additional information about the awards please connect with:

Contact: BCCYICW Awards Committee
Email: bccyicw.awards@gmail.com
Award Categories
1) Demonstration of achievement in educational or athletic pursuits.
* a child, youth or young adult who has excelled in their educational goals or in the pursuit of athletic activities.

2) Demonstration of courage and leadership.
* a child, youth or young adult who shows a willingness to try new things, take healthy risks and/ or demonstrates leadership in home, school or community life.

3) Demonstration of cultural connectedness.
* a child, youth or young adult who is connected to their cultural community through language learning, dance, artistic pursuits, volunteering or ceremonies.

4) Demonstration of achievement in artistic pursuits.
* a child, youth or young adult who is connected to the arts community through participation in creating art, performance, writing, dance, drama or spoken word.

5) Peer Champion Award.
* a child, youth or young adult who actively provides peer leadership, role models healthy behaviors, and or is seen as a powerful self advocate or advocate for the rights of children, youth or young adults. *NOTE: Peer Champions must be nominated by a peer (however, we invite adult allies to support peers to nominate one another and complete the application form).

6) Super Star Award.
* one award provided in each age group for a child, youth or young adult who excels in 2 or more of the five categories.
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