Nomination Form for 2016

Deadline: Competition closed for 2016

Kidsbridge, in partnership with the Axelrod Foundation and the NJ State Commission on Holocaust Education, presents the Sixth Annual Youth Holocaust/Genocide Awareness Award Competition (2016).

A Holocaust/Genocide Awareness award is given to a youth/student that has demonstrated an altruistic act of generating awareness, empathy and action for holocaust/genocide education.

Nominations are made by fourth through 12th grade educators, including principals, teachers and school counselors throughout the state of New Jersey.  Click on the Nomination Form icon to download a copy of the nomination form and description instructions.

A panel of judges, including individuals from the community and representatives from the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education/Genocide Resource Center will review the nominations and select the winner(s).

The winner(s) and their school(s) will be notified by the middle of May.

Winning student(s), family members and nominators will be our honored guests at a NJ State Holocaust Commission meeting in May or June.  In a ceremony at the meeting, the winner(s) will be regaled and will receive certificates, books and gift cards acknowledging their humanitarian acts and deeds.

2016 Winners

Lynne Azarchi, Executive Director/Kidsbridge; Emily Bengels, nominator and teacher at Readington MS; Allison Vandal, co-winner; Elias Stevens, co-winner; nominator and teacher Matthew Bergman from Northstar Academy and Larry Glaser, Executive Director of NJ Holocaust Commission.

Lynne Azarchi, Executive Director/Kidsbridge; Emily Bengels, nominator and teacher at Readington MS; Allison Vandal, co-winner; Elias Stevens, co-winner; nominator and teacher Matthew Bergman from Northstar Academy and Larry Glaser, Executive Director of NJ Holocaust Commission.

An award ceremony took place at NJ DOE on June 20 to announce the co-winners of the Sixth Annual Youth Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Competition. This is a statewide competition sponsored by Kidsbridge, the NJ State Commission on Holocaust Education and the Axelrod Foundation.

Co-winners Elias Stevens and Allison Vandal received gift cards and goodie bags. Said Executive Director, Lynne Azarchi, “We’ve never had two winners before. It was difficult for the judges to choose between the haunting words in Elias’ poem and Allison’s selfless deeds as described by her teacher. Both students deserved to be winners, so that’s what we did.”

Elias Stevens is a 7th grader attending Northstar Academy in Newark, NJ. He wrote an original poem entitled “Burn” which expressed his thoughts on Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

Allison Vandal is an 8th grader attending Readington Middle School in Whitehouse Station, NJ. She was nominated by her teacher, Emily Bengels for her wish to educate others about bullying and the Holocaust – as well as to spread her message of “kindness for all.” Her efforts included writing anti-bullying plays and composing poems addressing the Holocaust and the mistreatment of others. Allison has other projects in the pipeline, and aims to “use the arts to improve the world.”

Click here for a summary of the 2016 competition

2015 Winner

2015HandGJaredMillerJared Miller is a 9th grade student dedicated to generating genocide and anti-bullying awareness in the student population. Nominated by Robbinsville High School Social Studies Teacher Angel Dolina, Jared is the winner of the Fourth Annual Youth Holocaust and Genocide Competition (2015). Jared used the following quote, “Nobody is superior or inferior, everyone is equal whether a bully chooses to accept it or not” throughout his efforts to spread awareness in his high school. Troubled by those who unknowingly turned a blind eye to mass killings, Jared created presentations about the Armenian, Holocaust, Cambodian, and Rwandan genocides, which were displayed during lunch at his school. He found ways to link bullying prevention to the hatred generated from genocides, making his message clearer and easier to understand for his classmates.

Continuing his efforts, Jared solely organized an awareness day that impacted 900 high school students. He is in the process of inviting a Holocaust survivor who lived in a concentration camp, to make a presentation to help the student population gain a better understanding of the horror of genocide. In his first year of high school, Jared has made vast strides in increasing the knowledge of these topics in Robbinsville High School. There is no stronger compliment than one being such a positive role model and inspiration to other students at such a young age.

Click here to read Ms. Angel L. Dolina’s nomination for Jared.

2014 Winner

Sophia Goldberg is an 11th grade student enrolled in honors US History at the Mercer County Technical School Health Science Academy. Sophia is a young woman dedicated to tolerance and cultural awareness. She is a leader and a strong advocate for learning about the Holocaust and a passionate and responsible student, earning consistent “A’s”. Sophia is the first to give her input and guide the discussion relating to issues of tolerance, discrimination, and genocide.

Sophia’s learning extends beyond the classroom. She brings to our class discussion family history, stories, and accounts of tolerance and respect. Without her, classes would not be as informative, respectful, and passionate. There is no stronger a compliment than one being such a positive role model to other students in a time when it is desperately needed. –Nominated by David Lugo.