Does your teen have what it takes to be the Operation Homefront 2018 Military Child of the Year? The nationwide search spotlights military children ages 13 to 18 and offers seven awards for deserving youth. Nominations are open now through December 4, 2017.
Six of these awards features one outstanding teen representing their parent’s branch of service. These awards are judged on applicants’ “scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life,” according to award’s website. Winners will receive $10,000 in cash and a trip to Washington, D.C.. Operation Homefront notes that the 2017 award nominees have myriad successes as well as challenges including an average of four or more moves, the experience of at least one parent deploying for 29 months or more, and an average of 370 hours of volunteer work.
A seventh award–the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation– is bestowed on a military child who is addressing a local, regional, or global challenge with a creative solution. The award recipient will work with Booz Allen Hamilton–the sponsor of this award– to make the recipient’s plan a reality.
Youth must be nominated for Military Child of the Year; however, interested students may apply for the innovation awards themselves. Eligibility requirements and applications can be found here.
By J.G. Noll