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Awards

2016 Youth First Award 

The SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) is actively seeking candidates for the prestigious Youth First Award. This award is given annually to the individual or organization that demonstrates a commitment to enriching students’ lives through travel and/or contributing to the advancement of our industry through volunteer activities, community service, or education. Review the application for additional information and guidelines. Candidates must be SYTA members.

Deadline: The 2016 Youth First Award nomination period is now closed. 

Please submit all nominations to Emily Milligan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The winner will be announced at the 2016 SYTA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

2016 Youth First International Award 

The SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) is actively seeking candidates for the Youth First International Award. This award will be given annually to the individual or organization that demonstrates a commitment to enriching students’ lives through international travel and/or contributing to the advancement of our industry globally through volunteer activities, community service or education. Review the application for additional information and guidelines. Candidates must be SYTA members.

Deadline: The 2016 Youth First International Award nomination period is now closed.

The winner will be announced at the 2016 SYTA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

2016 Visionary Award 

The SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) is actively seeking candidates for the prestigious Visionary Award. This award is given annually to the individual that demonstrates a commitment to enriching students’ lives through travel and/or contributing to the advancement of our industry through volunteer activities, community service or education. Review the application for additional information and guidelines. Candidates do not need to be SYTA members.

Deadline: The 2016 Visionary nomination period is now closed.

The winner will be announced at the 2016 SYTA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

 

JohnKamm

2015 Youth First Award Recipient Spotlight: John Kamm

John Kamm has been a member of the travel and tourism industry for more than 25 years and has contributed to SYTA in various ways. In his many roles as a board member, officer, donor and consultant, Kamm works to help SYTA Youth Foundation Board of Trustees members support today's youth. His efforts ensure the proper management and growth of SYF scholarship programs, and he encourages the organization to maintain its important degree of professionalism. Kamm continues to give tirelessly to this foundation.

  

 

Vivian

2014 Visionary Award Recipient Spotlight: Vivian Connell

Vivian Connell began traveling with students while teaching at Greenville, South Carolina's J.L. Mann High School. The school's principal was dedicated to whole-child education, offering learning beyond tests and academic knowledge. Teachers were committed to student travel, and Connell was recruited as a chaperone. Her first trip, to St. Augustine, Florida, was primarily bonding for freshmen who'd never left the area. Juniors visited Washington, D.C., for American history, seeing the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery, and Smithsonian Institution. 

"I absolutely loved these trips!" she said. "I loved the teachers who made them happen and agreed with their philosophy that travel is important."

To read more about Connell's adventures with her students, click here to read this article in its entirety in Teach & Travel magazine.

Photo: 2014 Youth First Recipient, Vivian Connell (Photo courtesy of Jeff Reed/National Archives)

 

BobHoffman

2014 Youth First Award Recipient Spotlight: Bob Hoffman

Bob Hofmann has been a part of the travel and tourism industry for more than 25 years and is one of the community's key leaders. He has been a SYTA member for more than 10 years and has held various Board of Directors positions. He is also an active leader in many of other industry organizations. Hofmann helps connect members within this community—more often than not, he is the first person to greet those who are new to the student and youth travel industry. Hofmann's commitment to this industry is obvious. He clearly believes travel changes young lives for the better.