The Spirit of Service Awards Program is an event held annually to honor those in the community furthering the goals of Looking Good Santa Barbara. Each winter we accept community nominations so the Looking Good Committee can select winners.
Jack’s ability to lead and inspire his peers to help others exemplifies the true spirit of service. As one of his many accomplishments, Jack co-founded Teens on the Scene, a teen-led community service and leadership group. This group volunteers once a month in the community, cleaning beaches or city neighborhoods, serving food to the homeless, or working at a local non-profit organization. Teens on the Scene began with 10 initial members and is now in four local high schools and two middle schools, with over 100 teen volunteer members. The events give students a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing that they can contribute to their community and positively impact a neighborhood in just a few hours. Their impressive work makes our community a better place.
Thirteen years ago, the City of Santa Barbara created the Spirit of Service Awards to recognize superior public service to better our local environment and community. Jack was a 2017 Spirit of Service Award recipient honoring his initiative in co-creating Teens on the Scene. As a way to celebrate Jack’s commitment to his community, we are creating a new award in his name, the Jack Cantin Spirit of Service Youth Award.
Candidates for the Jack Cantin Spirit of Service Youth Award must be 21 years old or younger who have made a significant effort to prevent or reduce waste (reduce, reuse, recycle or compost), reduce blight (e.g. litter, graffiti), or otherwise improve the environment within the City of Santa Barbara.
Jack Cantin Youth Award (21 years old or younger) *NEW*
An individual or group, who is 21 years old or younger who has made a significant effort to prevent or reduce waste (reduce, reuse, recycling or compost), reduce blight (e.g. litter, graffiti), or otherwise improve the environment within the City of Santa Barbara.
Waste Reduction Category (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost)
An individual, group, business or agency that has made a significant effort to contribute to waste reduction in Santa Barbara.
Clean Community Category
An individual, group, business or agency that has made a significant effort to reduce graffiti and/or litter in Santa Barbara. Neighborhood or public right-of-way (streets, bridges, sidewalks, etc.) clean-ups are eligible projects. Clean-ups in parks, beaches and creeks are not eligible.
Congratulations to all of our 2017 winners!
Waste Reduction Category
Clean Community Category