Children’s Week Florida Proudly Presents the Inaugural Youth Advocate of the Year Award

Children’s Week Florida Student Volunteers

Advocates at every level and age play an important role in Children’s Week Florida mission of improving the lives of our state’s children, youth, and families. A significant number of these individuals are under the age of 18. These young Floridians embody vision, demonstrate integrity, and continuously encourage advocacy efforts for the issues most important to them.

We humbly look to these influential youth as tomorrow’s leaders and are excited to announce a new award specifically for them. In collaboration with this year’s Advocacy Awards Partner, United Healthcare, Children’s Week Florida will present the inaugural Youth Advocate Award on April 5, 2021

This award will highlight one young person who has initiated or diligently worked on behalf of positive change in support of programs or policies that benefit children, youth, and families in their school, community, or statewide. The recipient of the Children’s Week Florida Youth Advocate Award is one who demonstrates significant commitment to advocacy efforts and exemplifies creativity, leadership, and collaboration.

2021 Youth Advocate Award Winner:
Ria Patel

Ria Patel is a junior at Oak Hall School. From a young age, Ria has helped to advocate for and support the children in her community, school, and state through volunteerism, civics education, and service learning. Since 2015, she has helped to organize annual events for United Way of Suwannee Valley and Give Kids The World Village. These events advocate for the importance of better nutrition for children in Ria’s hometown in Alachua County and across the state.

Ria is a dedicated student leader and a gifted facilitator. She never shies away from an opportunity to serve others around her. Her positivity and the significant impact she shares with her community, friends, and family make her deserving of this special honor.