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City Accepting Nominations for 2019 Golden Heart Award

Nominations of Outstanding Youth in the Community Due by January 31.

Post Date:December 13, 2018 8:02 pm

The nomination period for the annual City of Davis Golden Heart Award for 2019 is open now through January 17, 2019.

In memory of Andrew Mockus, who was tragically killed by his peers in 1992, the City of Davis Recreation and Park Commission expanded its commitment to the youth of the Davis community. Through public forums, various issues were discussed as to how the community could better meet the needs of teens in the community.

After careful consideration, the Commission suggested the City Council adopt several recommendations. One of the Commission recommendations was to develop an annual Golden Heart Award as a way to recognize outstanding youth in the community, especially those students who are not typically recognized in other forums. Mayor Brett Lee states “Each year the City Council is honored to acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of the youth in Davis. The Golden Heart award is a meaningful way to recognize those who serve our community and to those who display resiliency despite challenging circumstances.”

There are two different categories within the award: the Service award and the Personal Challenge award. The Service award recognizes individuals who have given significant service to an expressed need in the community, to their peers, and/or to their school. The Personal Challenge award recognizes individuals who have overcome a significant challenge in their life. Both of these awards hope to represent youth who are the “non-traditional achievers”.

A nomination form and more information about the Golden Heart Award is available at  Anyone (other than one’s self or one’s parent) is welcome to nominate a deserving Davis youth who is currently in the seventh through twelfth grades. 

Nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in one of the following ways:

  • By email to:
  • By mail:
    City of Davis
    Golden Heart Awards – ATTN: Carrie Dyer
    23 Russell Blvd.
    Davis, CA 95616
  • Dropped off to:
    City Hall, City Clerk’s Office Public Counter, 23 Russell Blvd.

The reception and awards presentation will be held at a City Council meeting in late February or early March.

To view a list of previous honorees, please visit

For more information, please contact Carrie Dyer, City Manager’s Office, at 530-747-5863 or