Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award

Recognize Outstanding Catholic School Students

NCEA is proud to continue the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award Program that will formally recognize extraordinary young people in our Catholic schools who through their selfless service, innovation and commitment to social justice are changing the world.

The NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award program is made possible, in part, through the generosity and support of Cross Catholic Outreach, a Catholic ministry who believes in and celebrates the young people in our Catholic schools who are making a profound difference even at a young age to a myriad of underserved constituencies. For more information about Cross Catholic Outreach please go to


Every NCEA member Catholic school, both elementary and secondary, is eligible to nominate one student, who through personal witness and initiative, in service learning programs or community outreach, has become a hero to those who have been touched and nourished by his or her work or initiative. The nominee should embody missionary discipleship in their faithful leadership and service to others. One nomination may be submitted per school; nominations must be submitted by a faculty member with approval of the principal. In order to be eligible, the nominated student must be enrolled in the school for the 2019-2020 school year. Self-nomination is not permitted.

Nominate an Individual

Award Timeline

The NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awardees will be notified by early December. Each awardee will be:

  • Nationally recognized in NCEA's official publications, Momentum and NCEA Talk, and on the NCEA website;
  • Featured during National Catholic Schools Week from January 26 - February 1, 2020;
  • Highlighted during the 2020 NCEA Convention & Expo in Baltimore, Maryland from April 14-16, 2020;
  • Presented with the prestigious NCEA Medal of Honor and a Certificate of Recognition by representatives from NCEA or Cross Catholic Outreach to each student at the awardee's school during the spring semester;
  • Asked to contribute to an article for the summer 2020 issue of Momentum.


If you have technical questions about the nominations or trouble accessing the portal, please contact Jon Login. If you have questions regarding the Youth Virtue, Valor and Vision Award Program in general, please contact Andrea Chavez-Kopp, Assistant Director of Educational and Formation Programs at or 571-451-2885.

NCEA 2019 Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award Winners

2019 Youth VVV Award Winners