Community and Participation

The Dorothy Day Award recognises young people engaged with those around them, making their community a better place for all.

Human beings exist in relation to one another. We’re called to live with others, be aware of others, communicating, sharing, enjoying moments of joy and being there together in times of sadness. All of us are called to participate, to join in, to work alongside others for the common good of all.

Nomination Tips: 

Do you know a young person who’s led an SVP group to spend time with the elderly outside of school hours or worked with the local community to combat gang related violence? Has someone shown true leadership and led a group of their peers to participate in social action in the community? Perhaps they have a passion for reading and spearheaded a campaign against the local library closure? Maybe there is a student who is exceptionally involved in the chaplaincy and is always there to support other students? 

One of our 2019 award recipients was Ashton Baker from Abbey Catholic Primary School. Ashton is an 11-year-old girl who is Chair of her school’s Chaplaincy Team and has been appointed ambassador for her school due to her attitude and commitment to living Christian values.

In her role as ambassador, Ashton heard about street children in the Philippines and researched money spent on Easter Eggs for the pupils. She gave a presentation and all 425 pupils voted to donate the money to those living in poverty in the Philippines!

Ashton’s headteacher said “She does it because its the right thing to do and she wants to be the very best God called her to be. She wants to empower others to do the same.”

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Nominations are now closed.

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There are seven categories covering a huge variety of areas, and each has its own criteria. These guidance notes and FAQs provide you with more detail about the criteria of each award and provide some hints on what the panelists will be looking for. Every young person nominated will be considered for the Pope Francis Award by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

This resource sheet provides you with a 90 minute youth work session for youth groups or informally in school or college. There is also an Awards Powerpoint, in addition to an accompanying PowerPoint. And check out our FAQs.

Want to know more about our six Catholic social teaching values, then click here.