The MARFY Youth Achievement Awards have been a special tradition for provider agencies and their families
and youth for many years. In a field that is often focused on the challenges of our youth and work, it is an
evening to celebrate hard work, success and growth. Whether you have young people who have achieved
major goals, or youth whose accomplishments are more personal and extraordinary for them, we want to
acknowledge it and all they have had to rise above to get there. We hope you will join us for this year’s celebration!

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to receive a MARFY Youth Achievement Award?
All youth from provider agencies are eligible this year. Supporting Affiliate, Corporate, and Individual Members are excluded from making nominations. The nominees must also meet the criteria addressed in the next section.
How do we nominate a youth and how are they selected?
Nominations for the MARFY Youth Achievement Award and the Kate Snyder Achievement Award must be made using the attached Nomination Form. Each child nominated for the MARFY Youth Achievement Award WILL RECEIVE THIS AWARD. Only two children will receive the Kate Snyder Achievement Award. Each child who is nominated will receive a complementary ticket to the Reception. Nomination forms will be accepted and award winners will be selected without regard for race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
What are the responsibilities of the nominator?
Each award nomination must be made on behalf of the nominating agency by staff personnel committed to performing the duties of the Nominator, which are as follows:

  • Serving as the contact person for all matters concerning the award nominee; and
  • Being responsible for making sure the nominee arrives at the Reception on time and escorting the nominee throughout the Award Winner Processional entrance.
What is the deadline for submitting nominations/purchasing tickets to the event?
Award nominations must be received in the MARFY office by close of business on May 19, 2017 by email ONLY in a WORD DOC to All ticket purchases must be made online at by June 9, 2017.
Who can attend the Reception and how can tickets be purchased?
The award nominees, the nominator, the nominee’s family and friends, Board Members and staff of the nominating agency, placement agency caseworkers, and other children from the nominating agency, and anyone else important to the nominee are welcome and encouraged to attend the Reception.

Tickets for the MARFY Youth Achievement Award winners and the Kate Snyder Award winner are complimentary. All other attendees must purchase tickets online at Ticket Registration deadline is June 9, 2017.

Ticket Prices:

  • Individual (Member Agency) $50.00
  • Table of 8 (Member Agency) $360.00
  • Individual (Non-Member Agency) $55.00
  • Table of 8 (Non- Member Agency) $400.00
How can my agency prepare youth who are attending the reception?
Help us prepare the slide show for the Awards Ceremony by:

  • Sending pictures of the youth to
  • Encourage and assist the children and guests attending the reception to dress nicely for the evening (outdoor wedding attire). If this is not possible, please note that the evening’s official attire is “business” and so we ask that no denim, torn clothing, or t-shirts are worn.
  • Be sure to discuss with your nominee and other youth guests the expectations for the evening, with proper respectful behavior and sportsmanship being at the top of the list.