Newark-based youth empowerment non-profit Them Cloud Kids has announced the 30 nominees for their second annual Ubuntu Awards. While the organization honored young Newarkers at last year’s sold-out ceremony, they will recognize young leaders across the entire state of New Jersey this year.
Them Cloud Kids, whose overarching goal is to close the gap between Newark’s college youth and the city, was founded at Rutgers University and achieved non-profit status in 2013. The organization has launched a number of community service program and events, included a cultural curriculum at Newark’s H.U.B.B., a books and breakfast program, their “Help Us, Help Us” food distribution program, and arts, culture and discussion events like open mics, cyphers and their Cloudy Thoughts forum series.
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There are five Ubuntu Awards nominees across each of six categories. They include:
Wellness. “Given to an individual who impacts the community by educating others on the benefits of leading a mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually healthy lifestyle while also practicing what they preach.”
Visual and Sound. “Given to an individual who has applied their creative skill and imagination to impact the community through art.”
Help Us, Help Us. “Given to an individual who reflects how communal change can only be accomplished with the help of each other.”
Innovation. “Given to one individual who has used and applied their creativity to better the community through design and innovative programs.”
Love is Love. “Given to one individual who brings awareness to LGBTQ issues, works with members of the LGBTQ community to help ease their transition, and helps to create support systems within [New Jersey].”
Community Mogul. “Given to a small business owner whose accomplishments have inspired community members and who has placed an emphasis on investing in the well-being of New Jersey.”
Tickets for the November 18th awards gala are available online, and voting will be open until November 5th.
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