Youth Leaders Award

Nominate an exceptional student advocate today!

Youth Leaders Award

Berman & Simmons is recognizing those who are making our communities brighter by highlighting students advocating for causes they believe in.

We’re looking for Maine students who are actively enrolled in middle or high school and have been championing a cause they’re passionate about. Whether the student is advocating for the environment, equal rights, animals, an issue in their community, or simply finding a way to help others improve their lives, our goal is to showcase their exceptional work, give them a voice to share their passion project, and provide additional resources to help advance their cause.

Nominations for the next awards are due by Friday, Dec. 13. Read about our first two award recipients:
Dominic Ferry, Thornton Academy
Zamzam Elmoge, Lewiston, High School

Nominate a youth leader below and help us spread the word about this opportunity within your networking groups by including this link on your website or in your organization’s online communications (e.g. newsletter, email, etc.):

What is the Award?
Two students will receive:

  • A $500 educational award for the student’s educational needs
  • A $250 sponsorship award for the student’s selected cause or organization


Who Qualifies for the award?

Any Maine student enrolled in middle or high school who is involved in a community project in which she/he displays leadership skills, innovation, and action is eligible.

What is the Nomination and Selection Process?

1. Nominations can be submitted by completing the nomination form below. Nominations for the next awards are due by Friday, Dec. 13. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination, and students are even encouraged to nominate themselves if they’re interested in highlighting a cause or project they’re passionate about.
2. The Berman & Simmons Youth Leaders Program Committee will review the nominations and select award winners.

Nominate a Youth Leader Today!

For more information, please contact:
Elaine Gammon
Marketing & Business Development Manager

Two students will be selected each quarter in September, December, March, and June by the Berman & Simmons Youth Leaders Program Committee. Each student will receive a $500 educational award (deposit into existing Maine 529 College Savings Plan or college account or select educational supplies) and a $250 sponsorship award provided directly to their cause or selected organization. Youth Leaders and their advocacy projects will be highlighted on Berman & Simmons’ advertising and marketing platforms, as well as through relevant local media when applicable.