Young people need to feel valued and valuable. That is why, LYFEhouse Inc., is committed to amplifying images and examples of positive youth leadership across Alachua County, Florida. “Cherishing acts of leadership today will only solidify a positive leadership identity in the adults of tomorrow,” says the nonprofit’s Founder, Keira Simmonds. To date, the organization has presented 24 middle and high school students with a leadership award and is opening up nominations for its 2022 awards. 

Starting, April 1, 2022, LYFEhouse invites the Alachua County community to elevate youth who have adopted a growth mindset through demonstrating a commitment to the following: 

  • Health & Wellbeing 
  • Lifelong Learning 
  • Inclusion & Belonging 
  • Gratitude 
  • Citizenship 
  • Ownership 
  • Resilience 
  • Persistence 
  • Improvement 
  • Discipline & Mastery 
  • Adaptability 
  • Preparation 

The nomination process is easy. The organization just requests that nominators fill out an online form detailing how their selected youth embodies the award category. The form can be found at here. Nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2022. Local businesses interested in supporting this endeavor may contact Ms. Simmonds at