From today through Dec. 5, 2016, Operation Homefront will accept nominations for the 2017 Military Child of the Year® awards, which will be presented at a recognition gala April 6, 2017, in the nation’s capital.
The annual awards will recognize six outstanding young people ages 8 to 18. Each of them will represent a branch of the armed forces for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. Awardees will receive $10,000 each, a laptop computer and other donated gifts, and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for the gala, during which senior leaders of each branch of service will present the awards.
There will be a seventh award for a young person age 13-18. This award is the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation® presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. With a new invention, improvement to existing technology, creation of a new nonprofit or community service group, or expansion of an existing membership organization, the winner of this award shows the power of innovative thinking. The Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation® recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award, will benefit from mentorship by Booz Allen Hamilton employees to scale or to advance the winner’s project, and will be flown to Washington along with a parent or guardian to be recognized at the gala.
A child can be nominated and apply for both awards. We encourage it!