The Town Crier Community Newspapers, Mahoning Valley Parent Magazine and the Tribune Chronicle want to focus attention on Mahoning County's youngest and most inspiring with the unveiling of its Twenty Under 20 program.
"The primary emphasis of this program is leadership through community service," program coordinator Sue Shafer said.
The sponsors will be recognizing and honoring 20 individuals younger than 20 years old for outstanding leadership.
"We are honoring teens from high school freshman (or age 14) through age 19, which could mean they are furthering their education," Shafer said.
Whether it is founding a community service group at their school, creating a program to assist senior citizens, leading and serving on mission trips or in a local shelter, Shafer said the sponsors will recognize youths who provide leadership and have a burning desire to help others in the community.
Selection of the winners will be based on three areas.
"Fifty percent is leadership through community service, 25 percent is extracurricular activities and 25 percent is academic achievement," Shafer said.
A special section featuring the chosen individuals will be published by the Town Crier, and award recipients will be invited to a banquet in early April.
Nomination forms can be acquired at local high school guidance offices or by contacting Shafer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-841-1696. Forms also will be available online at towncrieronline.com.
Along with the form, applicants are permitted to attach up to five supporting documents.
They can be emailed to Shafer or be hand-delivered or mailed to the Town Crier, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483. Nominations are due by Feb. 7, and winners will be announced in the Town Crier Community Newspapers on Feb. 21.