This category recognizes youth who have overcome difficult circumstances to show leadership and have a significant impact on others.

Candidates will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Having overcome a significant personal challenge(s)
  • Making, through volunteer efforts, a considerable difference in, or positive impact on the local community or member(s) of the community
  • Acting as a role model and mentor, embodying “service above self”, to encourage, inspire, motivate others
  • Providing ongoing leadership, direction, encouragement, and support of others