You can nominate a young person who’s working to make their community a better place to win $10,000 from U.S. Cellular

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Do you know an inspiring young person who could use some extra cash for a cause they believe in?

U.S. Cellular is looking for young people ages 6-17 for their “The Future of Good” campaign, offering them a chance to win $10,000. The program, which was created to champion and invest in young people who are making a positive impact in U.S. Cellular communities, is awarding six children or teens with money to help their cause.

If you are 18 or over, you have until April 15, 2020 to nominate a young humanitarian for the grant. To do so, just go to the contest website and follow the instructions. You will be required to provide an essay that describes your nominee’s cause, how it is helping to make the community a better place and how the nominee could use a cash grant for technology or other means to continue and grow their humanitarian efforts. You can read essay suggestions and rules on the contest’s website.

The person you nominate must be in one of the 26 states listed in the official rules, but you can live in any of the 50 states if you’re simply nominating someone else. Eligible states are California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

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This is the fifth year for the program. Previous winners have included young people who help stop bullying, organize sack lunches for homeless shelters, revitalize cities by adopting and cleaning up streets, educate about human trafficking, engage in service projects focusing on ocean conservation awareness and more.

Last year’s winners include inspiring young people like Elliot from New Hampshire, Kayden from Maine and Alexa from Tennessee.

Elliot, who was born prematurely and given an 18% chance of survival, has now raised $100,000 to renovate a new playroom and get medical supplies for his local hospital. Kayden planned to use the grant money to rebuild a food pantry for those in need that she had already created, but which had been damaged by fire. Alexa has raised more than $60,000 for a local Alzheimer’s organization after losing her great-grandfather to the disease.

You can read more on the past winners by visiting U.S. Cellular’s website.

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Will you be nominating a young person who could use a $10,000 grant to put toward a cause they believe in?

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