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. June 2021 represents the fifteenth 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, and/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. 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 Saturday June 5, 2021, time, location and format to be determined. We will alert nominators and the award recipients prior to the event so they can make plans to celebrate. We hope you will join us, whether in person or virtually!
All nominations should be submitted by 4:30 pm Friday, May 21, 2021.
For questions please contact Jennifer Moyston at 413-259-3009
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