Step Up Positive Change Awards’ Deadline is May 6.  The California Exposition & State Fair announced the deadline for its Step Up Positive Change Awards, a non-traditional scholarship program that will highlight significant and productive life changes made by at-risk youth. Application forms are due by Thursday, May 6. Award winners will be announced and recognized during the California State Fair. “The Positive Change Awards were designed to highlight and recognize youth who are often overlooked by mainstream society,” said Norb Bartosik , Cal Expo General Manager and CEO.

“Our goal is to demonstrate that every person can choose to “Step Up” and be positive at some point in their lives.” Any California resident, aged 16-25, who has made a significant and lasting life change is encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates are youth who may have been in trouble in the past, but are making significant strides to improve their lives and their communities. Candidates need to be actively involved as a member, employee or volunteer in an outreach program or non-profit organization. A prize pool of $1,000 has been donated by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and will be divided among the top three winning candidates.

Three individual winners will be chosen with 1st place awarded $500, 2nd place $300 and 3rd place $200. Applications are available online on at http://www.bigfun.org/fair/generalinfo/stepup.asp, may be picked up at the California State Fair administration building, by calling (916) 263-3912 or by e-mailing stepup@calexpo.com. Applications may also be delivered, if requested, before the application deadline. About Cal Expo’s Step Up Program Step Up is an outreach program from Cal Expo that re info rces positive behavior and provides productive activities for young people. Step Up includes an awards program and a number of special events during the California State Fair. Step Up has reached thousands of youth since its inception in spring 2005 and has grown in momentum each year. For more information about Step Up please visit www.bigfun.org. T

The 2010 California State Fair will be held from July 14 to August 1 at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

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