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Youth Awards

The NEED Project's Annual Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement

2017 Youth Awards for Energy Achievement


All NEED schools have outstanding classroom-based programs in which students learn about energy. Some schools have student leaders who extend these activities into their communities. To recognize outstanding achievement and reward student leadership, The NEED Project conducts the National Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.

This program combines academic competition with recognition to acknowledge everyone involved in NEED during the year - and to recognize those who achieve excellence in energy education in their schools and communities. The students and teachers set goals and objectives, and keep a record of their activities. In April, the students combine their materials into presentations and submit them online. 

The 2017 Youth Awards National Recognition Ceremony registration fee of $625.00 covers double occupancy lodging at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and dinner, Sunday breakfast and dinner, and Monday breakfast. It also includes all tour - DC Tours bus and Metro - passes and the Spirit of Washington Dinner Cruise. Some sponsorships are available on a regional basis.

Submitting Your Project

Two Levels of Entry

Youth Awards Signature Project
  • Multi-faceted outreach project that is student-driven
  • Covers several energy content areas and activities
  • Completion of a 15-slide digital slideshow that showcases goals of projects, activities completed, and results achieved
  • Projects are uploaded to the Youth Awards Project submission web site
  • Projects will be judged at the state and national levels with the opportunity to attend the National Recognition Ceremony in June
  • Special recognition may be given to projects that excel in one the following areas:
          Exemplary community energy education
          Energy engineering and design
          School energy efficiency

Youth Awards Foundations Project
  • Single activity outreach project that is student-driven
  • Focuses on a limited content area or set of activities
  • Completion of a 4-slide digital slideshow that showcases the goals and results of the project
  • Projects are uploaded to the Youth Awards Project submission web site
  • Projects will be recognized at the local level for outstanding efforts in the classroom and the community (Foundations Projects will not be eligible to attend the National Recognition Ceremony in June.)
 Submissions for the Youth Awards Program are currently closed.

Program Resources

National Ceremony Registration

All school groups that submit a Youth Awards Signature Project are invited to attend the National Recognition Ceremony.

Dates: June 23-26, 2017
Location: Washington D.C.
Registration Fee: $625 (include double-occupancy lodging, most meals, local transportation, a formal awards ceremony, a Potomac River dinner cruise, a tour of Washington D.C., and other special events.)
Sponsorship: Winning schools will receive some sponsorship to attend.  Sponsorship may be available to additional schools.

View the 2016 Youth Awards Slideshow

View the photos from the 2016 Youth Awards at SmugMug
Also make sure to check Instagram and Facebook for photos shared with #YAP2016!

2016 Program Resources
2016 Welcome Packet (pdf)
Final Agenda (pdf)
2016 National Winners
2016 Draft Press Release
2016 Monday Program

Additional Ceremony Information:
NEED uses Big Bus/Open Top Tours for Group Tours during Youth Awards. Plan Your Trip Ahead!
NEED uses the Washington, D.C. Metro for Group Touring during Youth Awards. Plan your Trip!



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