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Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader of the Year Award Application

The Outstanding Phoenix Youth Leader (OPYL) of the Year program recognizes and honors achievements of young people. It enhances the perception of youth. And, it 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. The teacher who inspired them the most also is honored. 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. District winners also will have an opportunity to participate in citywide programs and special appearances to promote youth issues.

Please review the eligibility requirements below before completing this application.

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
  • To complete the application process, you will need to attach the following supporting documents.

    1. Recommendation Form (to be completed by the person who writes your recommendation)

    2. Letter of Recommendation (to be completed by the person who completed and signed the recommendation form)

    3. Affidavit of Lawful Presence Form

    4. Copy of Photo ID (or document indicated in Affidavit of Lawful Presence)

    Please submit ONLY PDF's of the documents

    If you have questions, please send an email to mailbox.youth@phoenix.gov or call 602-262-7916.

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    1. How have you been involved in the Phoenix community and what impact have you had?
    2. What areas of your life demonstrate your commitment to excellence? This may include work, school, sports, family, or obstacles you have overcome.
    3. Indicate a person or teacher who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. (Please include his or her name. Also include the organization or school in which he or she works or taught or currently teaches, if known).
    4. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now, and how will you achieve those goals?

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