Teenagers are the future — and some of them are making an outstanding impact on their communities already. Do you know a teen girl like this? If so, nominate her for the fourth annual 365Black Community Choice Youth Award for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.

McDonald’s USA and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund partnered up for the award, which is open to female youth nominees between the ages of 13 and 18 who have made an impact in their community that’s resulted in a local, regional, national or global impact. With just an entry form, a three-question survey and a three-minute video highlighting the nominee’s impact on the community, your nominee will be eligible for the prestigious award.

Young women are working hard to change the world, and they’re more engaged, informed, passionate and empowered to embody all of those things than ever. It’s only fitting that we should honor and uplift this kind of behavior.

365Black focuses on individuals who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities, specifically the African American community. The winner of the Community Choice Youth Award will represent that mission.

Last year Aaron Johnson and Tori Turner were honored for their positive contributions to their respective communities. Aaron put on a “You Are Never Too Young” event last year that aimed to help more than 100 young people launch their careers — where he also showcased his first stage play, Bittersweet.

Tori’s foundation has annual events such as “Skate for a Cause” and “Calling Teens To Action,” and she also made it a goal to campaign for young girls in her community to read and build confidence through a “Pretty Girls Read” campaign.

This year’s ceremony theme is called “Power of Inspiration,” which will honor all-women for the first time ever.

The winner of this year’s Community Choice Youth Award will be honored at the 365Black awards among celebrities, influencers and other philanthropists in New Orleans during Essence Festival.

Know someone who’s more than qualified? Nominate them today! Support women, encourage our youth. The future is bright.


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