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The Y-PIF Award

There are many young people making a positive contribution in their communities and school. Let’s make a difference for them.

What is Y-PIF™?

The ePIFanyNow™ Y-PIF™ Award honors youth who are passing kindness forward and making a difference in their communities. We are looking for youth in grades K-12 who have used their time, talents, and treasures to benefit and enhance the lives of others.

Who We Honor

The ePIFanyNow™ Y-PIF™ Award is given annually to a young person whose extraordinary kindness inspires us all.

If you know of a child who is making a difference in their community and/or school and you think they deserve to be recognized please nominate them for the annual Y-PIF™ Award.

Why Nominate?

The Y-PIF™ Award is an opportunity for youth to get recognition and added funding for their youth-led activities/projects that provide service to others and make a positive contribution to their communities. Please note that service club requirements do NOT qualify for the Y-PIF™ Award. (e.g. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts).

Once you nominate a child for the award, you will receive an email confirmation. The nomination then goes to the ePIFanyNow™ board who will review it and may ask for additional information. You will be alerted by mid-March if your nomination moves forward.

The Y-PIF™ nominations that move forward will be highlighted on the ePIFanyNow™ website where the public can vote for their favorite. Each vote is $1 and all the monies raised will be donated back to the individual Y-PIF™ nominee’s project that receives the vote.

The Y-PIF™ Award

The Y-PIF™ award is given annually to a young person whose extraordinary kindness inspires us all.

Nominate A Deserving Youth

All around us kids are making a difference, whether it is in their community or school. Please take a moment to honor a child you know who is Passing Kindness Forward and nominate them for a Y-PIF™ Award!

The following video is from the 2017 Y-PIF™ winners from Jackson’s Northwest High School.

Past Winners

Since 2012, ePIFanyNow™ has presented theY-PIF™ award to youth Passing Kindness Forward.

Below are just a few of the past award recipients and nominees.

Skyler Medes

Skyler Medes

Skyler’s family has been fostering children for years. Her project, “Suitcases for Kids,” collects clothes & supplies for foster kids who often arrive with nothing.

Rachel Kilmer

Rachel Kilmer

Rachel has been a teen volunteer at the Capital Area Humane Society for four years. A tireless volunteer, Rachel has been a role model to peers and youngsters, alike.

Jeremie Bordua

Jeremie Bordua

Jeremie gained national attention for thank-you party for police officers, whom he felt were unduly criticized in the media.

Sebastian Williams

Sebastian Williams

Sebastian had participated in the “Lansing Walk to End Alzheimers” for several years – before deciding to organize the first-ever kid-only walk.

Isabelle Wynn & Zoe Zielger

Isabelle Wynn & Zoe Zielger

Isabelle & Zoe organized a 5k – and raised over $1k – for the “Life as a Zebra Foundation,” bringing awareness those who suffer with incurable, invisible illnesses.

Rachel Munzenberg

Rachel Munzenberger

Rachel and her friends raised thousands of dollars for a younger neighbor with Dystonia, a rare neuro-muscular disorder.

Read Her Story

Have an ePIFany!

Learn more about how to get involved in ePIFanyNow™ and further the cause of kindness in your community!

Clint, Carrie and Brady Hawks

Seeing Bob's original vision for ePIFanyNow™ evolve into what it's become over the last 10 years is amazing. We're honored to be part of it every year. Now that the YPIF™ Award has been added, it's a new dimension of his vision, and is a valuable and necessary way to recognize the good our kids are doing. Keep up the good work!

Kris Tennant and the Webberville Varsity Girls Basketball Team

This event inspired another similar opportunity for our team as they recognized the value of kindness and warm expressions of appreciation...Thank you for your inspiration!

Lee Klekotka

We came home today and my neighbor told us that some people left a lot of groceries (close to $200 worth if I had to guess) for our family. To those who did this for my family, thank you so much. The food will definitely bless our family for several weeks.

Tell Your Story!

Do you know a youth who is making a positive difference in their community and/or school? We want to know about them.

Please nominate them for the annual Y-PIF™ Award.

Our annual ePIFanyNow event honoring the nominees and award winner will be held in May.

Remember, to be eligible:

  1. The student(s) must be in grades K-12.
  2. The student(s) must be able to participate in a virtual interview about their project.
  3. The student(s) must be doing something to further kindness in the community on their own initiative. While there are awesome organizations, like the Scouts, these projects aren’t eligible for the Y-PIF™ Award.

Want to know what we’re looking for? Here are previous years’ winners.

Got it covered? Awesome, tell us their story!