The Humane Youth Award recognizes inspiring youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are making a positive impact on the lives of animals in their community.

The award is a publicly and professionally recognized honor for a young person who has both personally, and through the inspired efforts of others, raised awareness for and helped create a more peaceful life for people, animals and the environment.

The Selection Process

Nominations will be accepted from August 1st, 2018 through September 28th, 2018 at 4pm. All nominations must be submitted electronically using our nomination form. All nominees will receive communication regarding their nomination status and winners will be notified by October 12th via phone call. Unfortunately, incomplete submissions or those that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.

The following criteria are considered when reading submissions:

  • Whether the projects is directly helping animals within Washtenaw County, Plymouth or the City of Northville
  • Number of animals helped through the project
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Length (time wise) that project has been occurring
  • Uniqueness of project


  1. All entries must be submitted electronically and received by Friday, September 28th, 2018 at 4pm. Unfortunately, late submissions cannot be considered.
  2. The nominee and their parent/guardian must have full knowledge and approve of a candidates nomination. Parent/guardian information must be provided on the nomination form.
  3. Nominees can only be nominated for one project, per year.
  4. Must reside in Washtenaw County, Plymouth or the City of Northville.
  5. Applicant must currently be between the ages of 12 and 17 by the time submissions close on September 28th, 2018.
  6. Submissions should be from an individual, not a group or organization.
  7. Applicants must be willing and able to attend HSHV’s Compassionate Feast dinner and banquet on November 9th, 2018 with 2 guests of their choice. Award winner will be presented with the award as a part of the banquet.
  8. Applicants must be willing to participate or have their photo, work and/or name used in recognition/marketing activities (such as press releases, on the website, etc.) and the parent/guardian must sign a marketing release form, which is provided in the application.
  9. Work must be original.
  10. Much of the nominees work must have taken place between August 1st, 2017 and August 31st, 2018.


One Humane Youth Award winner as well as a first and second runner-up will be selected. Awards are as follows:


  • Complimentary attendance to HSHV’s annual Compassionate Feast banquet on November 9th, which includes 2 guests of the winner’s choice
  • Humane Youth Award plaque, presented at the Compassionate Feast
  • Inclusion in marketing opportunities and press releases
  • HSHV animal-themed gift basket

First and Second Runners-Up

  • Humane Youth Award Plaque
  • Inclusion in Marketing opportunities and press releases

Nomination Form

Humane Youth Award Nomination

Your Nominee

Nominee's Address
Parent/Guardian Address

Your Information

Your Address

The Nomination

Include personal qualities, hobbies and anything that will give us a sense of "who" the nominee is as a person.

Provide as much information and as many specific examples as possible. Examples might include: overcoming physical, emotional, or other challenges; providing positive leadership and role modeling for other youth; positive changes in the lives of specific animals; and community involvement. While we encourage you to keep your description to around 1000 words, nominations with very brief or incomplete information may not be given as much consideration as thorough nominations.

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