Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services and the Bedford Chamber of Commerce
Initiated in 2011 by Bedford Youth & Family Services (BYFS) and the Bedford Chamber of Commerce (BCOC) and modeled after a similar program in Needham, the RAY of Hope Program (Recognize A Youth) is designed to identify high school age young people who have performed outstanding service to the Bedford community and/or who by their actions are excellent role models for their peers. The RAY of Hope Program is a recognition that young people and their development are of critical importance to the functioning of the Bedford community and our collective futures.
Annually the BCOC will recognize one outstanding young person or group, coordinate a gift from the BCOC, and will work with the local press to inform the larger community of the achievements. BCOC and BYFS will accept nominations at any time from local businesses, schools, religious or civic groups, or individuals, for high school age youth who are deserving of recognition.
To nominate a young person please fill out the application form attached or download it from the BCOC website www.bedfordchamber.org and mail to Bedford Chamber of Commerce, ATTN: Ray of Hope, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730. The form can also be faxed to 781-275-7767 or emailed to [email protected]
Nominations will be reviewed by representatives from BCOC and BYFS, and the youth with the most compelling service accomplishments will be selected and honored at the BCOC Annual Dinner in January.
Deadline for submission is January 2, 2015.
For questions about the award or the process please contact BCOC Executive Director Maureen Sullivan at 781-275-8503 or BYFS Director Sue Baldauf at 781-275-7727.