Westport Youth Commission Seeks Nominees For Community Service Award

Human Services Director Elaine Daignault has announced that the Westport Youth Commission is seeking nominations for the annual James S. Bacharach Service to the Community Award.

Ms. Daignault noted, “All qualified high school seniors from Westport are eligible for this award.  This honor, given to one or more high school seniors from Westport, recognizes their significant community service contributions in our town.”

Citations have been given annually since 1989 as a tribute to the late James S. Bacharach, founder and past-president of the Youth Adult Council, predecessor of the Westport Youth Commission, which Bacharach and other concerned citizens founded in 1974. “Eligible nominations must demonstrate the student’s exemplary leadership ability and high standards of community service to Westport,” Daignault said. “Either adults or students may nominate a deserving high school senior for their contributions to our community.”

Nomination forms are available online at http://www.westportct.gov/youthservices and westportyouthcommission.org. Hard copies of the nomination form can be mailed by request.

Submissions must be accompanied by two references.  A maximum of two letters of support attesting to the student’s contributions to the town can be uploaded to the application or emailed separately to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . 

Applications/nominations must be received no later than 6pm on Friday, March 26, 2021 for consideration.

The Westport Youth Commission, appointed by the First Selectman and staffed by the Department of Human Services, is comprised of 15 Westport high school students and an equal number of Westport adults.  It serves as a catalyst for programs and activities that promote the positive development of youth in their families, schools, community and among their peers.

For further information, contact Kevin Godburn at 203-341-1155, or via e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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