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WNYT-NewsChannel 13, St. Peter's Health Partners and the Times Union want to reward outstanding young people of the Capital Region for volunteer work and community involvement that touches the lives of people in our region and that improves the quality of life in our communities.

In keeping with the mission of St. Peter's Health Partners and the goals of WNYT and the Times Union, this effort will focus particularly on youth who work diligently to help the disadvantaged, disabled, or their fellow youth who are "at risk." We are especially interested in youth whose work has gone without recognition and/or without the funds necessary to do the job.

If you know a Capital Region resident of high school age or younger, whose volunteer efforts have touched the lives of people and made a significant contribution toward the enrichment of life in the Capital Region, please fill out this form and send it to: 13 KIDS WHO CARE, 715 N. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12204 or FAX it to: (518) 426-9463. We will select thirteen finalists to be profiled on NewsChannel 13. We will also host a reception in their honor and make a donation to a local charity of each recipient's choice.

Purpose and Rules "13 Kids Who Care"

Purpose:

  • The purpose of 13 KIDS WHO CARE is to reward young people of the Capital Region for volunteer work and community involvement that touches the lives of people in our region and that improves the quality of life in our communities. This cooperative effort seeks to show the community that its future is indeed in good hands. It also will reward those volunteers who are making significant contributions to our communities.
  • This effort will particularly focus on those youth who work diligently to help the disadvantaged, disabled, or their fellow youth who are "at risk." It seeks to distinguish those whose work often goes without recognition and also frequently without the funds necessary to do the job.

Rules:

  1. 13 KIDS WHO CARE nomination forms will be available at the NewsChannel 13 website (WNYT.com) and at the WNYT Studios (715 North Pearl Street, Menands).
  2. Nomination forms must be filled out and mailed to 13 KIDS WHO CARE, 715 N. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12204 or faxed to (518) 426-9463. They may also be filled out and submitted online; visit WNYT.com for details.
  3. Nominations must be postmarked by February 10, 2017.
  4. A committee of local community leaders will select the youth to be honored who, in their opinion and in the opinion of the sponsors, represent the young people in the Capital Region who touch people's lives.
  5. There is no attempt by the judges or sponsors to suggest that those chosen are "the 13 best" youth volunteers in the Capital Region. Rather, these are students whose actions represent the wide variety of positive efforts youth are making in our communities throughout the WNYT viewing area and the St. Peter's service area.
  6. Each youth's story must be, in the opinion of the selection panel and NewsChannel 13, suitable for featuring in a news story on WNYT. The nominees must be willing to be part of such a news story to be eligible for selection as one of 13 KIDS WHO CARE. These selections will begin in the month of February and continue until 13 selections are made.
  7. WNYT intends to produce a series of weekly stories on 13 KIDS WHO CARE for its newscasts. This series will begin in March 2017.
  8. The students selected for 13 KIDS WHO CARE will receive a donation to be given directly to the charitable organization for which they volunteer, or another local organization of their choice, that is approved by the sponsors. The charitable organization must be a 501(C)(3) organization and registered as a charity in New York state. Its headquarters must be located in the Capital Region and the work it does must directly benefit Capital Region residents. The contribution also must be used towards purposes that directly help residents of the Capital Region.
  9. Those youth selected for 13 KIDS WHO CARE will be honored at a reception in June 2017.
  10. All nominations become the property of WNYT, St. Peter's Health Partners and the Times Union.
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