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Jacki Carter Young People Who Care Award


Are You A Community Change-Maker?

If you have time, energy, and a unique idea that you think would have a positive impact on your community, then apply for the Jacki Carter Young People Who Care Award.

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Who can apply? Young people who want to create a positive change in their community through volunteer and service projects. We are looking for creative, respectful, and caring young people interested in implementing a youth-led project to meet the needs of others.


What is our goal? To recognize youth who are and want to be community change-makers and help them in their mission to help others.


What to keep in mind:

  • Applicants must be middle or high school students and no older than 18 at the time of the volunteer project. Applicants younger than 13 must have a parent/guardian or project mentor help them prepare and submit the application.

  • Applicants do not need to reside in Queen Anne’s County, but their project must benefit the citizens of Queen Anne’s County.

  • Applicants must have a project mentor and a sponsoring organization that with accept the award funds for the applicant and work with them to use the funds. Please contact the Young People Who Care Award Committee if assistance is needed in locating a sponsoring organization.

  • Applicants may apply for an idea they have for a new project or for funds to enhance a project they have already implemented.

  • Applicants may apply for up to $500. Previous applicants and recipients are welcome to apply again.

  • The volunteer/service project must take place and be completed within a year (12 months) of the award.

  • Committee mentors will be appointed to each award recipient for guidance and communication during the project timeline.

  • We are excited to share your project with media and other organizations.


Application process:

  • A completed application includes the application form, budget, project timeline, and signed permission form (if under 18 years old). Paper applications can be found in your school's office or downloadable applications, supporting forms, and examples can be found here: 

  • Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. March 1, 2024, to the Department of Community Services, Jacki Carter Young People Who Care Award, Attn. Melinda Ray, 104 Powell St., Centreville, MD 21617.

  • Members of the Jacki Carter Young People Who Care Award Committee will meet to review and select recipients. Project leader and project leader's parent/guardian(s) will be notified by April 1, 2024.


For more information, contact award committee chairpersons

Melinda Ray at or Leanne Rhodes at

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