Nominations are now open for the 2017 Military Child of the Year!
A Coastie kid will win – why not yours?
These annual awards recognize seven outstanding young people. Six awards will go to a child (ages 8 to 18) from each branch of the armed forces – the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, and National Guard – who are selected for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and patriotism while facing the challenges of military family life. The seventh award, which is open to young people ages 13-18, is the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. The award recognizes a youth for his or her new invention, improvement to existing technology, creation of a new nonprofit or community service group, or expansion of an existing membership organization.
The six armed service branch Military Child of the Year awardees will receive $10,000 each, a laptop computer and other donated gifts, and will be flown to Washington, D.C., for a gala with a parent or guardian. The Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award, will benefit from mentorship by Booz Allen Hamilton employees to scale or to advance the winner’s project, and will also attend the gala in Washington, D.C.
Nominations will be accepted now through Dec. 5, 2016.
Anyone may nominate a young patriot! Parents can nominate their children, teachers can nominate students, friends can nominate friends – all it takes is going to www.militarychildoftheyear.org .
The nominated child must:
1) have a valid Military ID or be currently enrolled in DEERS,
2) be between the ages of 8-18 years,
3) consent to a background check to confirm legitimacy of information provided on the nomination packet,
4) provide references (if selected as a finalist).
While many think that teenagers have an advantage over younger children because of their length of time being a military child (more opportunities, activities, and responsibilities), younger ones also have a lot to offer. Many young children receive awards as well as older children!
Previous posts about Coast Guard Military Child of the Year winners:
For more information about the Military Child of the Year nomination process, visit www.militarychildoftheyear.org .
About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront builds strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. With more than 3,200 volunteers nationwide, Operation Homefront has provided assistance to tens of thousands of military families since its inception shortly after 9/11. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.