Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota Youth Leadership Award for 2023

By Louise Wessinger

The Sokol Minnesota Youth Leadership is a way to encourage and recognize outstanding participation of youth members and to foster a future generation of members and leaders for our Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota organization.

Up to three Sokol Minnesota youths will receive the award and a $300 cash prize. A separate award and $100 prize is given for the Best Essay. Applications for the 2023 Youth Leadership Awards open on April 1.


The criteria for this award are as follows:

Applicants must be in their junior or senior year of high school and they and their parent(s) need to be paid members of Sokol Minnesota for at least the current and preceding calendar year (2022 and 2023).

Applicants must actively participate in one or more Sokol Minnesota youth activities, such as Taneční Teen dancers, Sokol gymnastics, Czech and Slovak Children’s Cultural Day Camp, or Sokol Minnesota Youth Link; or actively participate in Czech & Slovak School Twin Cities activities; and be a regular volunteer at Sokol Minnesota events. Of course, over the last few years, because of COVID, some activities and events have not been held, so prior activity involvement and volunteer help with curbside or other events will be considered.

Applicants will be expected to complete the Youth Leadership Award application form outlining their activity participation, write a 300-word-maximum essay about how their participation in Sokol Minnesota activities has impacted their life, have a participation verification form signed by an adult director of their youth activity, a letter of recommendation from an adult director, and forms signed by adult leaders of Sokol Minnesota events where the applicant was a volunteer.

Applications must be submitted by July 1, 2023. All forms are below. Applicants can apply multiple times, but may receive the award only once. The  Leadership and Best Essay Award recipients will be announced by September 1. All awards will be presented at the annual Sokol Minnesota Czech and Slovak Festival on September 24.