Two local Democratic committees have joined together to establish the Young Democrats of the Year Awards, an annual program open to all high school students in Delaware’s 14th and 20th Representative Districts. The awards will honor three students for their dedication and hard work supporting Democratic candidates and causes. Each award winner will receive a cash prize of $250.
The 14th and 20th Representative Districts serve Sussex County residents in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Milton, Nassau, Pinetown and Belltown.
“We hope these awards will inspire students to become involved in the democratic process at the local level,” says Joe Sakaduski, chair of the 20th RD Democratic Committee. “Grassroots activism is a proud tradition among Delaware Democrats. By celebrating students who demonstrate leadership and service to the community, this program underscores the vital role that young people have in strengthening our democracy.”
Members of both RD committees will judge students’ efforts in categories such as volunteering, civic engagement, voter registration and getting out the vote campaigns. The awards will be publicized through local civic groups, places of worship and teen-oriented businesses in the coastal communities; applications may be obtained by sending an email request to DE14RDDems@gmail.com. The deadline to submit an application for the inaugural awards is April 15, 2023.
Winners of the first annual Young Democrats of the Year Awards will be announced at a ceremony on May 10, 2023, at the Iron Hill Brewery in Rehoboth Beach. The program will include remarks from state Democratic party leaders, committee members and community activists.
“For college-bound students, winning an award like this is certain to impress admissions officers and distinguish them from their peers,” says Jeff Balk, chair of the 14th RD Democratic Committee. “But the program is intended to do more than bestow an honorific. Our goal is to instill in young people an appreciation of the democratic process in America that they will retain throughout their lives.”
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