First Chance Youth Award

Named after First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney’s First Chance Delaware framework, the purpose of the First Chance Youth Award is to recognize outstanding achievements by youth/teens in providing trauma-informed community support.


Ensuring all of Delaware’s youth have a “first chance” to succeed, this award is committed to promoting youth-driven efforts in our state that embody these practices of trauma-informed care:

  • raising awareness of the impact of trauma on Delaware youth;
  • organizing community-based events to address the effects of youth trauma;
  • educating school and/or youth communities on the importance of trauma-informed care and efforts to reduce trauma-inducing events;
  • participating in/contributing to the development of youth programs for accessing trauma-informed care.

This award recognizes those individuals who have taken steps toward promoting awareness of and access to trauma-informed care services.


Eligibility/Supplemental Information

  • Any individual under the age of 25 years of age that is promoting trauma-informed services to Delaware’s citizens within the State of Delaware is eligible for nomination.
  • Nominees may nominate themselves or be nominated by other individual(s).
  • Nominees selected as award winners will be recognized through the press and at an awards ceremony (announced at a later date).
  • Nominees’ names, photos, and nominator contact information may be made available to the media through various State of Delaware social media sites unless Trauma Matters
  • Delaware receives written notification stating otherwise.
  • Individuals under the age of 18 may be required to provide proof of parent/guardian approval to share their name or image.