Caring Youth Recognition

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The annual Caring Youth Recognition, sponsored by the cities of Golden Valley, Hopkins, and Minnetonka, and the Hopkins and Minnetonka School Districts, celebrates the contributions of young people who positively affect our communities and who have given outstanding service to others.

2015 Caring Youth Recognition
Thursday, March 19
7 pm
Minnetonka Community Center
14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka

Nomination deadline: February 2, 2015.

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Who Can Receive An Award?

Nominees must be in grades 7 through 12 and live, attend school, or volunteer in Golden Valley, 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.

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 May Nominate Someone For A Caring Youth Award?

The nominee must be nominated by a member of the organization for which they volunteered, or by someone who was closely involved with the volunteer activity. Nominations may not be submitted by a family member of the nominee.

How Do I Nominate Someone?

  • Fill out the nomination form.
  • Return the form via email to, via fax to 952-939-8244, or via mail to Caring Youth Awards, Attn: Jacque Larson, City of Minnetonka 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55345.
  • Fill out the nomination form.
  • Deadline will is February 2, 2015.

Selection Process And Awards Information

  • The selection committee meets in early February to choose recipients.
  • Caring Youth will be selected by the committee based on their personal commitment and their positive impact on the community. No set number of awards will be given.
  • Award recipients, their nominators, their families, school personnel, city officials, and members of the local media will be invited to an awards ceremony in March.



The Caring Youth Recognition is a sincere form of flattery to St Louis Park and the St Louis Park School District. In 1990 the St Louis Park Youth Development Committee, in cooperation with the faith community and youth organizations, developed a community-wide event to recognize local youth who demonstrated through their behavior and/or lifestyles that they care about others. In 1995, the Hopkins and Minnetonka communities were invited to participate.

Hopkins School District 270 and Minnetonka School District 276 led their communities in a discussion about the positive assets young people need to become caring, compassionate, giving, and involved adults. The Cities of Golden Valley, Hopkins, and Minnetonka then joined the school districts in organizing a Caring Youth Recognition event. The City of Minnetonka is in the unique position of being served by three school districts, with Hopkins and Minnetonka being the largest, while the three major communities in Hopkins School District 270 are Golden Valley, Hopkins, and Minnetonka. The boundaries for this event are the corporate city limits for those three communities.