THE CHARLES VAN WINKLE "OUTSTANDING DELEGATE" AWARD
This award is named for "Van", who was the first Youth & Government statewide director. In recognition of his dedication and service to youth, this award was created and named for him by the Alumni Association in 1982. This award seeks to recognize those delegates who distinguish themselves amongst their Youth & Government peers for their leadership in the Model Legislature & Court, personal character and service to others.
THE MICHAEL WHITE SPIRIT OF YOUTH & GOVERNMENT AWARD
This award is named after the late Michael J. White, who was the program director for California Youth & Government from 1998 to 2001. A true servant leader, Michael used his character, leadership, and good humor to inspire others. Created by the Program Committee in 2001, this award is in place to recognize participants from any area of the program (delegates, advisors, Y&G volunteers) who personify Michael’s enthusiastic spirit, his love for others, servant leadership, and passion for Youth & Government.
THE JAMES C. RISNER OUTSTANDING COMMITTEE CHAIR AWARD
James C. Risner was a beloved friend of the Youth and Government program. He is the individual who created and made the Legislative Committee Program what it is today. This prestigious award is given in his honor each year to Legislative Committee Chairs who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities throughout the program year.
THE OUTSTANDING ADVISOR AWARD
Delegation Advisors are the backbone of Youth & Government and their job description runs the gamut from mentor, to role model, to administrator. This award is presented to the advisor whose efforts have created the most significant impact on the experience of their delegates.
THE IRVIN C. CHAPMAN OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO YOUTH AWARD
This award is presented to a non-delegate member of Youth & Government who has demonstrated a longstanding dedication to the service of youth. This award is not a longevity award but seeks to recognize those individuals whose body of youth service work, both in Youth & Government as well as in other areas, demands special recognition.
THE OUTSTANDING PROGRAM INNOVATION OR DEVELOPMENT AWARD
This award is occasionally presented to those who, within a particular program area, have made a substantial contribution to its innovation or development. Such contribution should have had a lasting and influential effect on Y&G. Therefore, the individual's contributions must have begun or been made at least 3 years prior to the award being presented. The MLC staff selects this award recipient.
The Awards Committee consists of selected advisors, Y&G volunteers, Core Staff, and/or former award recipients within each category.