In 2010, the KansasCity Chinese American Association (KCCAA) established an annual KCCAA Community Service Award to encourage elementary and secondary school students in the greater Kansas City area to develop a stronger awareness of, and to inspire active participation in, community service. In the past several years, we have seen an increasing number of young students engaging in volunteer work, particularly under the leadership of KCCAA Youth Hope Fund. More and more young people have experienced the personal satisfaction of helping others. In order to honor their selfless efforts and to encourage others to follow their examples, KCCAA will recognize some of their most outstanding efforts to help others in our community. There will be three levels of recognitions: one first place, two second places, and three third places, evaluated based on the criteria below. To emphasize the fundamental rewards of community service, the awardees will be given plaques, scholarships, and will be announced during the KCCAA’s Chinese New Year Gala (online).
This award may be offered to any primary or secondary school student in the greater Kansas City area. Any qualified student may apply.
Requirements: an applicant must –
1. Be an elementary or secondary school student(grades 1 through 12).
2. Have participated in some form of volunteer work orcommunity service (without compensation) during the past year.
Evaluation criteria for awards:
· Activities that emphasize service to others in need will be valued over experiences designed primarily as learning experiences for the applicant. The substance and impact of service will carry more weight than the number of hours served.
· Initiative and leadership in the organization of group efforts to serve others will also be taken into consideration. Fundraising activities to benefit others will carry considerable weight in the judge’s decisions. However, direct service to others may be viewed as having more enduring significance. The age of the applicant will be taken into consideration by the judges.
Submit an application letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 6, 2021.
The application letter should include the student’s name, school, andcontact information for their school. A list of the student’s community as well as a description of their community service experiences during 2020 must beincluded. The student shall also submit a one-page essay describing the benefits of their service to others. The essay should also include their reflections on lessons learned from his or her service experience(s). Please also include the name and contact information for the supervisor of each community service experience. Please also provide a personal photo with the application.
The Community Service Awards Committee of the Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA) will review the applications and determine the final list of awardees. KCCAA reserves the right to awared without discussions.
The year’s awards will be announced during the KCCAA Chinese New Year Gala (live online) on February 12th, 2021.
Please submit applications to email@example.com by February 6, 2021.
为鼓励大堪城地区中小学生培养公共服务意识，积极参加社区服务，堪城中美联合会于2010年特别设立年度KCCAA社区服务奖。在过去几年中我们高兴地看到在堪城中美联合会青少年希望基金会的带领下，越来越多的年轻学生投入到义务服务。越来越多的青少年感受到了帮助他人带给自己的成就感。为了表彰这些青少年的无私奉献，也为了鼓励更多的青少年投入到社区服务的活动中，堪城中美联合将会表彰在过去一年社区活动的表现出色的青少年们,颁发社区服务奖励。设一等奖一名，二等奖两名，三等奖三名。获奖人将收到奖牌, 奖金, 并有机会在我们一年一度的春节晚会的舞台上接受堪城中美社区的认可。