The Amherst Human Rights Commission’s primary purpose is to promote a community of mutual respect and to honor the diversity of our community. We strive to promote attitudes of compassion and concern for our neighbors. To encourage these values in Amherst, we have initiated the Human Rights Youth Heroism Awards, an annual celebration of Amherst area youth. 2023 represents the seventeenth year of these awards! It is the Commission’s intent to identify and celebrate youth who have shown a special gift from the heart or an ability to love and care for one another. We are looking for young people who have demonstrated acts of kindness, usefulness, social courage and/or community service within their families, their schools, or the community.
Please help us by nominating a youth you have observed displaying one or more of these traits in the past year. Youth groups may also be nominated to share an award. A minimum of nine awards will be made, three for elementary school age youth, three for middle school age youth, and three for high school age youth. Nominations are solicited from any person who has observed exceptional kindness or consideration in any young person. Youth who are not from Amherst but attend school in Amherst are eligible.
This year's Heroes community picnic will be held in collaboration with the Old Vs. Young Basketball Tournament for a full day of activities and fun and will be held at the Mill River Recreational Park located at 95 Montague Road on Sunday, June 11th, 2023. We will alert nominators and the award recipients prior to the event so they can make plans to celebrate. We hope to see you there! Please use the form below to submit your nominations by Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Use the link found here to nominate.
This Community event is sponsored by: Amherst Recreation, CRESS, The Human Rights Commission, Julius Ford Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Community, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
For questions, please contact Jennifer Moyston at 413-259-0360