Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year

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​The Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of young people, enhances the perception of youth and raises community awareness of the positive contributions of youth.

Each year, 16 high school students are selected as council district winners and recognized at an event, along with the teacher who inspired them the most.  Each of the district winners will receive a cash award.  From the district winners, the two overall winners will be announced and each will receive an additional cash award.  

Winners from each council district, and the citywide Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year, will be recognized at an event and in city publicity materials. District winners also will have an opportunity to participate in citywide programs and special appearances to promote youth issues.   


Eligibility requirem​ents

To be considered for the program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current high school student (or home-schooled) in grades 9 through 12 in Phoenix or live within Phoenix city limits

  • Be a U.S. citizen or provide evidence of lawful presence in the United States

  • Complete and submit a scholarship application online and send required supporting documentation to the Review Committee within the provided deadline

  • Finalist must be available for in-person interviews

​For more information about this ​program:

Contact the Youth and Education Office at mailbox.youth@phoenix.gov

2023 Overall winners​:

 ​Jamie Lauriano            Lucus Hernandez​

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​Special Thanks to our Program​​​ Partners: