"In any society, especially strong and vibrant democracies such as the United States and India, citizens are important for the development of a vibrant civil society. We are looking for youth 'First Citizens' of western India," American Center Director Anne E Grimes said.
"We want you to nominate friends, classmates, colleagues – any young person between the ages of 14 and 30 who is engaged in working to make his or her society a better place," Grimes said.
The nomination should include the name of the nominee and describe, in 300 words or less, how that person is contributing to his/her community and why s/he deserves to be voted the "First Citizen".
Entries can be submitted through the "Contests" tab on the American Center Mumbai Facebook page: www.facebook.com/amcentermumbai.
Both nominators and nominees must be Indian nationals residing in the five states encompassing the US Consulate General Mumbai consular district: Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
As this is an interactive contest, the judges will consider the number of likes each entry receives, although the main evaluation will be of the description and impact of the work that the nominee is doing. November 8 is the deadline for submitting entries.