Annual Youth and Prevention Leaders (BEST) Awards

The City of Bristol is celebrating its 31st Annual Youth and Prevention Leaders (BEST) Awards on May 10, 2023 at 6:00pm at Muzzy Field. The Mayor, the BPRYCS department, the BEST Coalition and the Bristol Youth Commission will be hosting a ceremony recognizing Bristol youth who have given exceptional service to their community. 
Youth and Prevention leader award nominees are required to reside within the Bristol community to be eligible for award nomination.
Nominations must be filled out by an adult who supervised or benefitted from the service. Please be sure to fill out the application completely. This is an award of distinction; the description of the contributions made by the youth or youth group must be clear and quantifiable.

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Youth who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to help others through the use of their thoughtfulness, energy, talents, skills, or personal abilities.
Youth groups whose full memberships, collectively, and without compensation, have made significant and meaningful contributions that can be quantified by the number of activities, service projects, as well as, qualify by the effect on the people being served.
Recognize a youth member who demonstrates an exceptional ability to work productively within the community to reduce substance misuse and mental illness. This person shows a willingness to pursue prevention work in the future.
The Coalition Member of the Year Award celebrates the BEST Coalition member who went above and beyond the call of duty. This individual demonstrates passionate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and hardworking qualities. The member is actively involved in meetings, events and other coalition duties. 

To be considered, the volunteer service needs to be performed in two of the following three areas: 

  • School
  • Service Agency
  • Community

Hours that have been performed for credit or mandatory service projects will not be counted.
The number of volunteer hours from March 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023 needs to be quantified.

Youth and Prevention Leaders (BEST) Award Applicants must meet the minimum number of service hours determined by school age group:

  • Elementary School: 20 – 25 Hours
  • Middle School: 50 – 75 Hours
  • High School: 75 – 100 Hours

Please note, the minimum number of hours for the Youth Prevention Leader of the Year Awards’ varies slightly:

  • Elementary School: 10 – 15 Hours
  • Middle School: 15 – 25 Hours
  • High School: 25 – 50 Hours