Nominate Outstanding Youth, Adults or Businesses for “Virginia Beach’s Best All Around” Awards

Nomination deadline March 27, 2015; Top nominees recognized at 37th Annual “Best All Around” Ceremony in May

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

​(Virginia Beach, VA) - Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Office and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation are now accepting applications for “Virginia Beach’s Best All Around Awards.” Do you know youth who demonstrate exceptional leadership, exhibit courage in overcoming adversity, or who promote education or change around social issues? Do you know adults who contribute to the community with outstanding and inspirational work with youth? Is there a business or organization that has created a culture of support and involvement with youth? If so, consider nominating them today.

Completed nominations must be submitted by March 27, 2015. Nomination forms are available at the Youth Opportunities Office, all Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Virginia Beach Public Libraries, Virginia Beach City Public Schools and online at

Award recipients will be youth who, by their actions, demonstrate exceptional leadership; courage in overcoming adversity; community involvement; and advocacy for social change. Other awardees will be outstanding and inspirational adults who intentionally and consistently build Developmental Assets® in their work with children and teens, and businesses or organizations that have created an organizational culture of support for young people. In addition, one adult will receive the C. William Boyce Award and one adult will receive the Malissia Lee Award for demonstrating exemplary Assets® building and youth development practices.

Nominees must be in one of four categories:

  1. Youth who live in Virginia Beach and are enrolled in grades 1 – 12;
  2. Youth groups whose focus of activities is in Virginia Beach;
  3. Adults who volunteer or work with Virginia Beach youth (such as a coach, teacher, mentor, social worker, probation officer, etc.); or
  4. Businesses or organizations located in or that operate primarily in Virginia Beach.

The Virginia Beach’s Best All Around awards are based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets®, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that help young people grow up to be healthy, principled and caring adults. A complete list and description of the Assets® is available at The nomination form requires a single typed page which provides examples of the nominee’s work in developing the 40 Developmental Assets®.


Winners will be recognized at Virginia Beach’s Best All Around 37th Annual celebration on May 2, 2015. The “Best All Around” Award program is sponsored by the Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Office and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.


The Youth Opportunities Office’s mission is to promote positive youth development for all Virginia Beach youth birth to 21 years of age through collaboration and partnerships, education and training, awareness, youth civic engagement and community involvement and investment. For more information, call (757) 385-0464 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), or visit


Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 711 Virginia Relay), visit or sign up for our email newsletters at Find us on Facebook at


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