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Posted on: January 3, 2023

2023 Youth Awards accepting nominations starting Jan. 9


The Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards (ACMCYA) is now accepting nominations for the class of 2023. This award recognizes teenagers who have overcome obstacles and risen to any challenges life has presented. The award is unique because it is dedicated to youth who live and attend school in Arapahoe County within traditional classroom settings, group homes, alternative schools, and emancipated youth. Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who have overcome different types of adversity and wish to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities at vocational, two- or four-year schools.

Nominations typically come from teachers, counselors and other educators who are not related to the nominees, and all nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2023. The awards will be presented at an in-person ceremony this spring.


  • Seniors (grade 12) who live and attend school in Arapahoe County are eligible to receive a post-secondary educational scholarship to be used in 2023. 
  • Youth related to Arapahoe County employees are not eligible for this program. 


The application is to be submitted by a teacher/counselor/school administrator, and not related to the youth. The nominator must provide details on why the student should be considered for the award including, ways in which the student has helped their community and how they have overcome challenges. Nominators will need to attach a student-written 3-paragraph essay describing what they have learned from overcoming challenges, plans for their future and what they hope to accomplish in the years ahead. 

A committee comprised of county elected officials (commissioners, mayors, etc.) review applications and make recommendations for awards and scholarships based on the student’s desire to rise above adversity, determination to create positive change within their environment, and the positive contributions and service to their communities and families. 

Learn more and nominate a student! 

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