Youth Recognition Programs
Santa Clara County “Salute to Youth Night” honors young people of merit for outstanding accomplishment in the areas of Sports, Community Service, Religion, Vocational Arts, Visual Arts, Science, Volunteerism, Agriculture, Heroism, Leadership, and other meaningful categories. The program awards some $6,500 in educational scholarships as well as special awards including the “James J. Guido Spirit of Youth” Award, the “Suzette Galloway Most Inspirational” Award and the Lonnie Toensfeldt Community Service Award.
Youth Mentor’s Hall of Fame is held in conjunction with the “Salute to Youth Night” Awards Program. Its purpose is to honor unsung heroes who provide services or voluntary skills and energies in areas that contribute to the welfare and vitality of the youth of our community.
Personal Development Programs with Scholarship Rewards
Youth Focus annually sponsors two personal development programs on the State level. The Youth Accolades Scholarship Competitions are dynamic educational programs. Participants gain a greater insight and understanding of the true mean- ing of community service and the value of serving others.
Youth Talent Competitions
“Everyone Wins and Nobody Loses!” This is the continuing theme of the
Youth Talent Competitions staged annually for performers’ ages 4-26. Each participant receives an award. This gives them a reason and purpose to continue their studies, and an incentive to continue to perfect their talents. It also allows them to showcase their abilities to friends, parents and the community at large. More than 5,000 young people participate each year.
The Western Regional California State Talent and Performing Arts Competition is the state’s largest, oldest and most prestigious youth talent competition hosting 3,000 young people performing in hundreds of acts. This program offers some $3,000.00 in talent scholarships.
California State Spring Talent Fest showcases vocal and instrumental performances. Some 300 young people are presented awards in recognition of their hard work and excellence.
The Greater Bay Area Talent Competition is the county’s largest and most prestigious youth talent competition providing hundreds of trophy awards to over 300 youth.
Santa Clara County and Alameda County Fairs’ Talent Competition are held each summer. They are another wonderful opportunity for young people to showcase their talents in the arts, with numerous awards presented in recognition of excellence.
Performing Arts Programs
T.A.D.D. – Theater Arts and Dance Division is a unique performing arts educational program for youth, ages 9-24. This program provides opportunities for young people to gain valuable experience performing before live audiences at local community events. It also fills a significant void created by the severe cutbacks in funding performing arts programs in the California school system.