The City of Allentown is looking to honor outstanding young persons in the community.

Launched in 2012, the “Catch a Young Person Doing Something Right” campaign is a way to recognize the numerous young people who contribute to the well-being of Allentown.

According to Mayor Ed Pawlowski, “Allentown is fortunate to have many committed individuals and that desire extends to our young residents too.  The campaign is a way of showing our appreciation.”

Residents are encouraged to submit names of youth they’ve “caught doing something right” in one of the following three categories: 

Volunteerism – For assisting someone or improving a neighborhood or the community in general.

Scholastic Achievement – Notable academic improvement and/or academic excellence.

Going Over and Beyond the Call of Duty – for doing more than following the rules, such as making a good decision even when peers chose otherwise.  For showing leadership skills, critical thinking, problem solving, maturity or conflict resolution.


Youth ages 7-18 years old, group nominations are welcomed; nominees may not be nominated by themselves or a family member; nominees must live in Allentown or go to school in Allentown; scholastic achievement nominations must be for an Allentown school; only one nomination is permitted per person.

Nominations are due by January 15, 2015. Nomination forms can be requested via an email request to or by phone 610 437-7679.  Completed nominations can be mailed to City of Allentown, c/o Neighborhood Coordinator, 435 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA  18101 or emailed to the email address previously listed.

Eight youths and one youth group were honored at a January 2014 reception at Life Church.


Press Release Provided by:
Mike Moore
Communications Manager
Mayor’s Office
435 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101