By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Jefferson Awards was founded more than 40 years ago to recognize and honor those who contribute their time, energy and resources for public services.
The Jefferson Awards is one of the largest multipliers of volunteerism in the country.
The Lead360 Challenge, sponsored by the Jefferson Awards, encourages children, teens and young adults to engage in their communities, recognize a need for change and inspire and impact others through community work. Anyone under the age of 25 is encouraged to form a project that will positively cultivate change within their community. Their work can be submitted to the Lead360 program and their project will be rated on how it impacts, sustains and engages a community. The project must also be creative, innovative and effective.
The final 27 projects have been chosen and Assisting with Adoptions of Rescue Dogs, Champlin Park’s LEO Club project, is one of them. Champlin Park has teamed up with TLC Canine Rescue to help dogs find permanent homes. Their project is the only representative from the state of Minnesota. The LEO Club hopes to win the contest and donate their earnings to TLC Canine Rescue in hopes that this will benefit homeless canines. The finalists have two weeks to inform their communities of their cause and encourage the community to place their vote for most worthy community project. Each project will presented before judges and three Action Awards of $500 will be awarded for the categories of outstanding participation, outstanding innovation and outstanding.
From there, five national finalists will be chosen. Two students and one adult will be flown to Washington, D.C., for the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in June and one team will get to go to the SuperBowl.
For more information on Lead360 projects or to place a vote visit: lead360.jeffersonawards.org/challenge.
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