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Student and Young Professional Awards

The Mazat Award
The North American Division Adventist Family Ministries Mazat Award was established in recognition of Alberta Mazat, marriage and family therapist, educator, published author and public speaker from Loma Linda University who has made a profound contribution to the development of Family Ministries in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The award recognizes an outstanding graduate student or young professional who has begun to make contributions to the field of family ministry, particularly in family counseling or family therapy. Specifically, the individual will either be enrolled in a graduate degree in family counseling or family therapy at a Seventh-day Adventist institution, or a practicing family counselor or family therapist with work experience of five years or less. 

North American Division Adventist Family Ministries will present one Mazat award annually in May (to coincide with commencement exercises). Nominations must be submitted to the North American Division Adventist Family Ministries Director by May 1.

Nominations for the award may be made by the chair of the department of the teaching institutions involved, or by a fellow professional, mentor or supervisor who has first-hand knowledge of the individual.  Nominations will be accompanied by a curriculum vita of the nominee and evidence of his or her special contribution to family ministry. 

The Youngberg Award
The North American Division Adventist Family Ministries Youngberg Award was established in recognition of John and Millie Youngberg, family life educators, published authors, and public speakers from Andrews University who have made profound contributions to the development of Family Ministries in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The award recognizes an outstanding graduate student or young professional who has begun to make contributions to the field of family ministry, particularly in family life education. Specifically, the individual will either be enrolled in a graduate degree in family life education or family ministry at a Seventh-day Adventist institution, or a practicing professional involved in family life education with work experience of five years or less. 

North American Division Adventist Family Ministries will present one Youngberg award annually in May (to coincide with commencement exercises). Nominations must be submitted to the North American Division Adventist Family Ministries Director by May 1.

Nominations for the award may be made by the chair of the department of the teaching institutions involved, or by a fellow professional, mentor or supervisor who has first-hand knowledge of the individual.  Nominations will be accompanied by a curriculum vita of the nominee and evidence of his or her special contribution to family ministry.

Criteria for Submisstion of Candidates by Teaching Institutions
The chair person of the department may submit two candidates, one for each of these awards, based on the following criteria:
  • The candidate is enrolled in a graduate program in family studies, family life education, social work, counseling psychology, or marriage and family therapy in a Seventh-day Adventist university within the North American Division territory, or
  • The candidate is a young professional in the areas mentioned above who has begun to make significant contributions to their field of family practice.
The chair person of the department submitting the names of the candidates should also submit the following documentation to support their candidate(s):
  • Curriculum Vitae with details of their involvement in any of the above mentioned areas.
  • A letter of recommendation from the chair person of their department.
  • A sample of their written work (published article, class paper or research paper).
Process of Selection of Award Winners
To provide some objective assessment criteria, each member of the board will be asked to review the nomination documentation and assign points for each of the items as follows:
1. Enrolled in a graduate program in family studies, etc.,- 30 points, or
2. A young professional…- 30 points
2. Curriculum Vitae - up to 30 points
3. Letter of recommendation - up to  20 points
4. Written work - up to  20 points

The maximum points is 100.