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Searching for the “Very Best in Youth"

10/18/2002:   Young people of all ages can make a difference—whether it’s fifth graders sharing their reading skills with Head Start students or high school students delivering meals to the homeless.

Nestlé’s Very Best In Youth awards, cosponsored by Nestlé and Reading is Fundamental (RIF), honors 30 young people who have made reading a priority and in the process have made tangible contributions to the quality of life in their communities. The 30 honorees will be profiled in a special publication and will receive a four-day all-expenses paid trip (with a parent or legal guardian) to Los Angeles for the black-tie awards ceremony in July 2003. In addition, Nestlé will donate $1,000 in the name of each winner to the charity of his or her choice. Each youth nominated will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

To be considered, youth must meet the following criteria:
  • The nominee must be a legal resident of the U.S., between 9 and 18 years of age.
  • Parent or legal guardian must grant permission for the youth to be nominated.
  • The nomination forms must be completed by the nominee.
  • The nomination packet must include, at the time of submission, the nomination forms, a recent photo no larger than 8" by 10”, a consent form from the parent or legal guardian, copies of report cards or transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.

For more information and to obtain a nomination packet visit www.rif.gov or call Connie Jameson of RIF at 202/673-1506. You are encouraged to photocopy the application and provide copies of it to qualified young people or to other organizations.

Completed nomination packets should be mailed no later than Nov. 29, 2002 to:
Nestlé Very Best In Youth
P.O. Box 29059
Glendale, CA 91209

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