For the last four years it's been our honor to produce The Teen Impact Awards, the top community program to recognize teens in the bleeding disorders community who are making a positive impact in homes, schools and communities. The growth of the Awards has been remarkable: from honoring 34 teens from 15 states in 2015, to honoring 70 teens from 32 states in 2018. This year, the 5th Annual Teen Impact Awards aims to honor at least one impactful community teen from each of the 50 states!
Hosted by community advocate Patrick James Lynch and guest presenters such as Super Bowl champion Josh Gordy, the Awards are held annually on the opening night of National Hemophilia Foundation's (NHF) Bleeding Disorders Conference (BDC), following Opening Session and the opening of the Exhibition Hall, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. The educational and inspirational event features our honored teens speaking on stage, young adult leaders from NHF's National Youth Leadership Institute (NYLI), guest community presenters and more.
The evening begins in the Awards lobby, made possible by our sponsors (see below). The lobby is filled with inspiring quotes from - and deeper looks at the impactful work of - our honorees. Light snacks are also provided! Honorees, family, friends, chapter leadership and our other guests are then ushered into the Awards. During the show the honored teens are brought up on stage to talk about the impactful work they do. Teens who can not attend are asked to provide a short quote about their work to be read by our hosts or guest hosts. Family, friends, and engaged community members help us celebrate the incredible work of these teens, through applause and handmade or provided signs.