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Youth Awards

A great number of children and young people freely give their time to help others or the community. They work towards creating a more social and united Maastricht. As a token of appreciation for these young heroes, the municipality will be presenting the Yourth Awards for the third time.

You could nominate your young hero for the Maastricht Youth Awards until 28th April 2023. A committee will assess all submissions, make a selection, and decide who will receive an award. We'll be in touch with you in mid-May if you've nominated someone. This year, the Youth Awards will be presented on Thursday, 1st June, which is International Children's Day.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The candidate should be between 6 and 18 years old. Anyone in that age category can be nominated, for example, your neighbour's child, your older sister, someone from your year group, your neighbour's daughter, or your niece. A Youth Award can be awarded to an individual or a group (for example, a whole year group).

  • The effort can be anything, such as giving a helping hand to a sick or older person, fundraising for a good cause, tackling mindless violence or discussing discrimination with peers. Or showing dedicated effort towards a music, sports, or cultural group, or achieving a notable one-time feat.

    Looking for inspiration? Check out the page Youth Awards Winners | Thuis in Maastricht to read about the children and young people who have previously received a Youth Award.

  • Each nomination is assessed by a committee comprising municipal council members and representatives of a youth organisation. The committee makes a selection and decides who will receive an award.

  • Anyone, young or old, can nominate a child or young person. If you are under 18, we ask you to have a parent or caregiver review your submission.

  • We ask you to write a short note telling us why you think the candidate should receive a Youth Award. Important factors to consider include:

    • the unique qualities of their activity
    • the positive effect it has had on the local community
    • how they have served as a role model for other children and young people.

    You should also provide at least 2 references from people who support your nomination. These cannot be family members of the candidate.

  • After you have submitted the nomination, we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all the information. If your candidate is selected for a Youth Award, you will hear from us.

  • We want the nomination and any subsequent selection to be a surprise, so please avoid sharing the news with your nominee.

  • The Youth Awards will be presented on International Children's Day, on 1st June. If the committee and the city council decide that your candidate will receive a Youth Award, we will be in touch to provide you with details about the ceremony.

  • If you are unable to fill out the form online, consider asking someone nearby for help. If that is not possible, please email us at jeugdlintje [at] (jeugdlintje[at]maastricht[dot]nl) or call us at 14 043 and we will be happy to help you further.