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. 2019 represents the fourteenth 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, unselfishness, 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. The Human Rights Commission will celebrate this year’s Heroes at its annual community picnic in June at Mill River Recreation Area. We will alert nominators and the award recipients prior to the event so they can make plans to be present. We hope you will join us!
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