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Richmond kids who ROC

By Lorraine Graves

Published 7:20 PDT, Tue May 23, 2017

As this year’s Youth Week ended, the City of Richmond recognized a host of local kids, and the adults who help them, as Outstanding Youth and Asset Champions at the 19th annual U-ROC (Richmond Outstanding Community) Youth Awards at Gateway Theatre. In addition to the awards, the celebration included youth DJs, musicians, dancers and a slam poet.

“The U-ROC Awards was a great opportunity to acknowledge the unheralded work so many youth and adults perform in their everyday lives,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Our community is stronger, more vibrant and more livable because of the exceptional contributions of these individuals.”

Mentorship, resiliency, contributions to community, leadership, teamwork and making Richmond a better place earned the youth their awards.

The Asset Champions recognized at the ceremony represented outstanding adults who advocate, mentor, engage, support and make a difference in the lives of youth.

The U-ROC program uses the 40 Developmental Assets the City uses as its guide for youth services. They can be found here: http://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/developmentalassets45504.pdf

And encompass such things as family, school, neighbourhood, and community values and expectations of

• support

• empowerment

• limits and goals

• constructive use of time

• social abilities

• a positive self-image

By using these well-thought-out principles, the city hopes to encourage youth to develop into the best adults possible.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) was this year’s Presenting Sponsor of the U-ROC Awards.

For more information and a complete list of U-ROC award winners visit, www.richmond.ca/youth.

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