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Youth Excellence and Achievement Award, YEA! Award
The Youth Excellence and Achievement Award, or YEA! Award honors young people who are making a difference in their community and who have displayed initiative, innovation, a commitment to themselves and others, and pursuit of excellence in a leadership capacity.

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners wants to recognize the many positive contributions made by young people in our community through the YEA! Awards. Nominations are being accepted now through March 13. The nomination form can be completed and submitted online or it can be downloaded, printed and mailed to the Hillsborough County Communications and Digital Media Department, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 21st Floor, Tampa, FL 33602, or faxed to 813-276-8495. Nominations will be reviewed by the Commission on the Status of Women.

For additional information on the YEA! Awards, contact the Hillsborough County Communications and Digital Media Department at 813-272-5314.

Watch the YEA! Awards YouTube Video

YEA! Award Categories

  • Leadership - demonstrating positive impact on others in an ongoing endeavor, such as sports, academics, or the arts
  • Success Despite Difficult Odds - overcoming tremendous personal difficulty to attain success and to make a positive impact on others
  • Volunteer or Community Service - allocating discretionary time to help others or complete a project that has improved our community

2014 Award Recipients


Success Despite Difficult Odds

Volunteer or Community Service

2013 Award Recipients

  • Savannah Shaw - Middle School
  • Nicholas Rodriguez - High School

Success Despite Difficult Odds
  • Zachary Foyt - Middle School
  • Ana Gomez - High School

Community Service
  • Avalon Theisen - Middle School
  • Zack Aldridge - High School