Nominate a special teenager for a Douglas County Youth Initiative award

This information was originally posted on the Douglas County website. You can find the article HERE.
Do you know a special teenager, between the ages of 13 and 19, who resides in Douglas County and has overcome adversity and created positive change in their lives, as well as the lives of others?
Nominations for the 2015 Douglas County Outstanding Youth Awards are being accepted until March 27. Ten award recipients will have the opportunity to share their special night with family members, their adult supporters and elected officials at an April 29 reception hosted by the Douglas County Youth Initiative at the Douglas County Commissioners Hearing Room in Castle Rock.
Nominators will be invited to speak at the ceremony about the obstacles the individual they nominated overcame and how those individuals have inspired change.
Award recipients will receive a signed letter from elected officials recognizing the teen’s achievements, a $100 certificate for educational or activity fees to be redeemed at a later date and County-wide recognition of their award.
“The young people who are recognized with these awards are people who very often have not received public recognition for their personal achievements,” said Douglas County Commissioner David Weaver. “This event not only calls attention to the untold stories of achievement by our community’s youth, it is also an opportunity for area businesses, the community at large, civic leaders and educators to demonstrate their belief in and support of young people in our community by recognizing them for the individual challenges they have overcome.”
This one-of-a-kind award encompasses all youth: youth who have not finished their K-12 education, youth in traditional classroom settings, youth in group homes, youth in alternative schools, youth in foster homes and emancipated youth.
For more information on the Douglas County Outstanding Youth Awards, please contact Marsha Alston at 303-688-4825 or Nomination forms are available online at
The Douglas County Youth Initiative was established in 2005 to coordinate local youth-serving efforts and asses the needs of the County’s youngest residents. It is an active collaboration between Douglas County Government, the Douglas County School District, the City of Lone Tree, the Town of Castle Rock, the Town of Parker, the Douglas County Library District and the Highlands Ranch Metro District.

Savior of the World: Taking It Across the Country

Here is one family’s experience with Savior of the World- via an e-mail sent to the director:

“We took a little trip to Salt Lake this past weekend to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert (which was amazing).  We were in the hotel putting our kids to bed, and I looked around and had to smile at all the Savior of the World t-shirts.  Just thought you might like to see that our family is still feeling grateful for the opportunity to bring Christ into our Christmas season!  Thank you!”

Missionary Monday: Catholic Archbishop Delivers Message on Religious Freedom at Brigham Young University

What a wonderful opportunity the students at BYU had to listed to the words from Archbishop Chaput! For those of us with Catholic friends, this is a great talk to springboard a discussion about our similarities and how we can work together by building on things we have in common.

The original article was posted on the Church News site- HERE.


Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia shared a message on the importance of preserving religious freedom to students, faculty and administrators at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on Friday, January 23, 2015. The university is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Archbishop Chaput addressed a noon gathering in the Wilkinson Student Center’s Varsity Theater. “Brigham Young University is an extraordinary university not just because of its academic excellence — or the fact that it occasionally beats Notre Dame (a comment that drew chuckles from the audience) — but because it’s a center for learning enriched by its religious identity. Please never lose that.”
Archbishop Chaput said Mormon and Catholic communities share common concerns and “have a duty to seek common ground where possible.”
“We need to work vigorously in law and politics to form our culture in a godly understanding of human dignity and the purpose of human freedom,” he stressed.
“The differences in our doctrine and practice are obvious,” Archbishop Chaput elaborated. “Ignoring them wouldn’t serve the truth. But that doesn’t preclude friendship. It doesn’t preclude working together. And it doesn’t obscure the fact that we face many of the same problems and share many of the same convictions about marriage and family, the nature of our sexuality, the sanctity of human life and the urgency of religious freedom.”
Archbishop Chaput discussed the significance of the Great Charter, or Magna Carta, that dates back 800 years in England, which promised the protection of church rights. “It started the process of carving out space for what would become civil society.”
“Its impact can be seen on the charters of the American colonies, on the First Continental Congress, on the Bill of Rights of the United States, on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and on national constitutions around the world,” he added.

“The Founders clearly understood the value of the past,” said Archbishop Chaput. “Most were Christians. Nearly all were religious believers.”

“In 2015 we’re a nation of many faith communities and no single church. That’s a gift, not a burden,” he concluded. “But as the Founders knew, and we forget at our peril, the American project of ordered liberty can’t work without the support of a moral people — a people formed by a living faith in a loving God.”

Archbishop Chaput also met with BYU faculty and administrators and visited the J. Reuben Clark Law School while on the Provo campus. On Friday evening, he will attend a special dinner with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City before returning to Philadelphia. Pope Francis is expected to visit Philadelphia in September for the Eighth World Meeting of Families.