Caring Youth Recognition

In March of every year, the cities of Golden Valley, Hopkins, and Minnetonka, in conjunction with the Hopkins and Minnetonka school districts and the Glen Lake Optimists, host a Caring Youth Recognition event to honor the caring contributions of area young people.

The 2015 event is set for Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka.

View the award guidelines and online application form.

Learn about the 2014 Caring Youth Award recipients.

What qualifies a nominee as a Caring Youth?

A Caring Youth takes the initiative to identify a need in the community then volunteers in a way that helps meet that need. The nominee should have some personal passion for the cause for which they are volunteering, and it should be an activity that resulted in the nominee “stretching” themselves beyond their normal comfort zone.

Who can receive an award?

Nominees must be in grades 7 through 12 and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Live or volunteer in Golden Valley, Hopkins or Minnetonka.
  • Attend school in Hopkins or Minnetonka.

Volunteer work must be unpaid and not a requirement for a class, a co-curricular program, or an award received through another organization.

Who may nominate someone for a Caring Youth award?

  • Young people may only be nominated by the organization they are serving.
  • Nominations may not be submitted by a family member of the nominee.