For the last nine years, the Brookline Youth Awards have honored more than 500 students, screening approximately 135 student video interviews at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The event has also recognized 20 adults who have inspired young people, as well as their community, either in their roles as parents, business leaders, or social justice advocates.

The 10th Brookline Youth Awards will take place on April 14 at 7 pm at the Coolidge again. Thanks to the generosity of the Coolidge, there is no admission charge.

Nominations to the 10th Award Ceremony Still Being Accepted

The Brookline Youth Awards is an opportunity for Brookline residents to hear about the character, challenges, and dreams of its young people as well as adults dedicated to their success, through the power and intimacy of video interviews.

Anyone in the community who would like to submit a nomination is asked to write an essay about a student that person believes is worthy of emulation. There is no specific set of criteria for receiving an award. There are also no barriers to be eligible for an award other than the recipient must either live in or go to school in Brookline.

Past recipients have been recognized for their outstanding in-school and out-of-school achievements, courage overcoming adversity, or helping others do the same, displaying exceptional kindness, character, and generosity of spirit.

Nominations for the 10th Brookline Youth Awards will be accepted online until March 2

Brookline Youth Awards Honor Roll

Brookline Youth of the Year Honorees 2011-2017
2011 recipient, Lesly Suriel Guerrero
2012 recipient, Catherine Marris
2013 recipient, Ben Hoff
2014 recipient, Shirley Estime
2015 recipient, Gavin Hui
2016 recipient, Caroline Cutlip
2017 recipient, Anita Mayfield-Sheehan
2018 recipient, Sabrina Zhou

2019 recipient, Richard Desir

Starting in 2018, the Brookline Youth Awards added a new category “Youth of the Year Finalists”

2018 Brookline Youth of the Year Finalists

Carolyn Parker-F

Jocelyn Zhou

Lena Harris

Paul Miller-Schmidt

Sabrina Zhou

Vishni Samaraweera

2018 Brookline Youth of the Year

Sabrina Zhou

2019 Brookline Youth of the Year Finalists

Allison Switalski

Jackie Perelman

Jocelyn Zhou

Richard Desir

Sara Ameli Hajebi

Vishni Samaraweera

2019 Brookline Youth of the Year

Richard Desir

The Brookline Youth Awards also recognize the achievements of adults who go the extra mile for young people through the following awards.

Roger Grand Social Justice Award

The award, introduced in 2012, is named after a transcendent BHS teacher, goes out to an adult who inspires and affects young people in the area of social justice.
2012 recipient, Roger Grande
2013 recipient, Kathryn Leslie
2014 recipient, Paul Epstein
2015 recipient, Pat Norling
2016 recipient, Rene Feuerman
2017 recipient, Malcolm Cawthorne
2018 recipient, Margo Strom, and Elisabeth Dopazo

2019 recipient, Rob Daves

Ethel Weiss Service Award

The award, introduced in 2014, named after Ethel Weiss, who ran Irving’s Toy & Card shop for over 76 years, honors a businessperson who goes the extra mile for young people.
2014 recipient, Ethel Weiss
2015 recipient, Chobee Hoy
2016 recipient, Dana Brigham
2017 recipient, Abe Faber, and Christy Timon
2018 recipient, Elias Audy

2019 recipient, Bo Winiker

Suriel Guerrero Parent of the Year Award

The award, introduced in 2017, is named after Altagracia Guerrero and Mariano Suriel. Immigrants to the United States just a short time ago, the Suriel Guerrero family has gone on to become pillars of the Brookline community
2017 recipients, Altagracia Guerrero and Mariano Suriel
2018 recipient, Ginny Vas

2019 recipient, Elizabeth & Boniface Mande

The Brookline Youth Awards is founded and hosted by Principal sponsors include The Town of Brookline, Brookline Community Foundation, Brookline Bank, Foundation To Be Named Later, The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation, ADW Video Productions, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.