Each year at our Annual Conference, TNOYS presents annual member awards to youth service professionals and volunteers. Award categories are described below. Selections have been made and the award notifications have been sent out to the winners. These will be presented at the TNOYS Member Reception on Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Professional Youth Worker
- Recognizes outstanding performance of a TNOYS member agency staff who goes above and beyond in the performance of their duties and in their communities.
- Employed by a TNOYS member agency, including direct services staff and program staff including social workers, program directors, shelter managers, house managers, caseworkers, therapists, etc.
June Bucy Award for Excellence
- Recognizes program excellence, leadership, and significant contributions to the field of youth services in the state or across the nation
- This award honors June Bucy, former Executive Director of the National Network for Youth, and one of the guiding forces behind the youth services network.
- Recognizes TNOYS member agency executive directors and upper-level managers and supervisors.
Steve Wick Innovative Program
- Recognizes new, expanded, or innovative programs that make significant contributions to the field of youth services in the state or across the nation.
- This award is given to the program, by name, rather than to a specific person(s).
- This award is named in tribute to Steve Wick, one of the founders of TNOYS.
Volunteer of the Year
- Recognizes someone who donated substantial unpaid time to a TNOYS member organization.
- This award recognizes that many of TNOYS’ member organizations are on tight budgets and could not provide the highest quality of care to youth without volunteer support.
YALC Positive Perspective
- The Positive Perspective award recognizes a TNOYS Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) member who has been recognized by their cohort as congenial, engaged, collaborative, and forward-thinking in shaping fellow youth and young adult leaders. For more information on TNOYS’ YALC, please visit this page.