Community Assets Award Nominations Underway

LAMS teacher Rita Sanchez and LAHS teacher Judy Nekimken were just two of more than 40 people recognized at the 2014 Asset Awards. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Assets In Action, Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation have opened their nomination process for the annual Community Assets Awards.
The Community Assets Awards recognizes all ages for good work done in our community, the nation or the world. The ceremony also takes time to recognize clubs, organizations and businesses that go above and beyond to make life a little better for others.
“I’m thrilled this is an idea that has become an annual event,” said Bernadette Lauritzen said, Assets coordinator and director of Champions of Youth Ambitions. “My Board of Directors recognizes the need to value goodness, kindness and light.”
The C’YA Board of Directors includes New Mexico Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard, LARSO Director Pauline Powell Schneider, teacher Valerie Harris, Megan Pfeffer of the Department of Health and Karen Greenfield of LAFC.
The C’YA program has three main areas it supports: the Community Asset Awards, science education in the classroom with the Sci Guy Chad Lauritzen and WEB Crew, a youth leadership program in its second year at Los Alamos Middle School.
The 2014 Community Assets Awards heralded more than 40 residents, saluting their programs and efforts that make Los Alamos a better place to live.
“The nominations range from youth to senior citizens and highlight those who work hard to benefit others in so many ways,” Lauritzen said. “I get to select a Director’s Choice, which amounts to free baked goods and a selected committee picks one grand winner to receive the Spirit of the West Award.”
The Spirit of the West Award was named for former County Councilor Jim West after a conversation West and Lauritzen had about calling out good people for doing good things every day.
The nominees are invited to a small reception in early January where stories are shared and nominees learn who took the time to nominate them for the award.
The deadline for entries must be postmarked by Dec. 19 or sent by email. A request for the nomination form can be made by calling 505.695.9139 or emailing

Assets In Action and the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation would like to highlight good deeds done throughout the community, the state or the world, with the 7th annual Assets In Action.

Community Asset Awards
Select a category for your nominee:
  • Individual
  • Senior Citizen
  • Youth
  • Business
  • Couple
  • Other (specify)
Select the Asset category from the choices below:
  • Support
  • Boundaries & Expectations
  • Positive Identity
  • Constructive Use of Time
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Positive Values
  • Empowerment
  • Social Competencies

Tell us how your nominee has been an Asset for our community:

Tell us a little more about your nominee:
Include your name, email address and phone:
All nominees will be recognized at a January 2016 event. One special recipient will be selected to receive the Spirit of the West Award.
Mail completed entries by Dec. 19, 2015 to 77 Isleta Dr Los Alamos, NM 87544 or email