Jamil Dada Awards Ceremony will Honor Youth for Strength, Courage and Commitment

Jamil Dada Awards Ceremony will Honor Youth for Strength, Courage and Commitment

Shiane Daima Jacocks

Riverside, CA

2016 Jamil Dada Awards Receipients

On Friday, June 16, the Jamil Dada Character Excellence Youth Awards Ceremony will take place at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center. 

This year's honorees include ten young people from organizations like the Moreno Valley Youth Opportunity Center, Planet Youth Opportunity Center in Lake Elsinore, and more. 

Nominees for the award must take part in a formal selection process and display the Josephson Institute of Ethics' six pillars of character. The pillars include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship in their everyday life, whether through volunteering, school, or contributing to their community in other ways. 

The keynote speakers, Professional Boxer Miley Garcia and Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Essenwanger, will honor the nominees with words of inspiration, and dinner will be provided. 

The awards will include trophies, certificates, and/or recognition from national, state, and local officials. Scholarships will be awarded to help the honorees with tuition, books, transportation, and living expenses to further their education. 

The purpose of the event is to honor Riverside County Youth who have shown exemplary character while overcoming significant life challenges such as poverty, child abuse, drug abuse, abandonment, and homelessness. Despite their circumstances, the young honorees have also been identified as leaders in their communities, determined to earn a high school diploma and pursue post-secondary education. 

This recognition is important for both the students involved and the community. It shows that no matter what struggles one endures, the pursuit of success will be rewarded. 

To become a sponsor or register and purchase a ticket, visit http://jdyouthawards.eventbrite.com. For more information about the event, email Kimberly Wright at kjwright@rivco.org.

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