Nominate Aspiring Youth and Pay it Forward with My Coke Rewards #CokePIF

cokeCoca-Cola is getting off to a great start in 2013 with its second annual Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program through My Coke Rewards!  Coca-Cola’s “Pay It Forward” program helps parents, relatives, mentors, friends and the community support aspiring young people achieve their dreams by nominating them for unique and exciting apprenticeship experiences.

coke2Four lucky nominees will be rewarded with the unique and exciting opportunity for an apprenticeship experience with one of the country’s most respected celebrity history makers: business mogul Magic Johnson; chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee; or hip hop artist and philanthropist, Common.

coke3Parents, relatives, friends and mentors can nominate aspiring youth between the ages of 16-21, now through March 2nd for a chance to win the apprentice experience. You can nominate up to five young people (the young person can also nominate himself/herself) and be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 sweepstakes with each nomination!

Now that my oldest daughter is in high school, I have been talking to her about the opportunities to work and help others in school and our community through leadership programs offered.  I hope that in a few years she will be someone who could be nominated for a program such as this! I’ve always lived by the rule that it’s “good to give” and not expect things in return. There are so many blessings in my life and in my family that even the littlest bit of help, support, and encouragement goes a long way and I salute Coca-Cola for this amazing program.

WIN IT:  To encourage you to head over and nominate that special youth in your life for this amazing opportunity, I am holding a giveaway for the following prize pack:

·         $100 Amex GC to help you and your family “Pay It Forward” in the New Year
·         Coca-Cola “Pay It Forward” journal
·         Coca-Cola “Pay-It-Forward” t-shirt
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The prize was provided by Coca-Cola Company and sent to me in exchange for this post. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this giveaway.

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  1. says

    I would nominate my cousin just going off to college (next year). She is a true renaissance woman. She has heart and brains. She is destined to mentor and inspire others.

  2. says

    I would nominate Danny who is a friend of my family. He is such an amazing kid who goes out of his way to help others all the time. He is one of those people that you can only hope your kids grow up like.

  3. Kelly D says

    I would nominate my niece, because she is always helping others by volunteering & is even in college studying a career through which she will help others.

  4. Tami Vollenweider says

    I would nominate my Nephew who spends a lot of time with Mom,which makes her feel special,with all the attention!!

  5. Lauren says

    Oh, what a fab program! I volunteer at my local library and a young man that used to go to the programs (he works there now) would be a great person to nominate for this.

  6. Molly Bussler says

    I would nominate my sister, she is very smart in school, she is involved in all the activities, she even saves soda tabs for the local cancer center, to help patients with their expenses.

  7. Janet W. says

    I would nominate my nephew. He took care of his mother during her battle with tongue cancer that she recently lost. He was by her side the entire journey and was so caring. He has volunteered for years at a local animal shelter. He’s an all-around great guy!

  8. JJ Caraway says

    I would nominate my niece who is always helping others without expecting anything in return, she says it makes her feel like a better person for it. She does outstanding in school and she is strong in her faith. She is a wonderful, smart and beautiful person inside and out.

  9. Nataly Carbonell says

    My Teenage daughter, so sweet always trying to make me feel happy and avoids making me mad. (It is hard to find girls like her, especially teenage girls)

  10. Barbara Montag says

    I’d nominate one of the volunteers at the Food Shelf.
    They’re always so friendly and helpful.
    Thank you.

  11. Michelle C says

    I would nominate an undergrad student that I met while serving as a mentor to middle school students. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  12. Wanda McHenry says

    I would nominate our head alter boy who has become a respected young man who gives his time and effort to his school, community and faith.

  13. Cheryl Abdelnour says

    I would nominate my son because he works so hard and gives so much. HE IS JUST STARTING HIS 2ND YEAR IN AMERICORPS.

  14. Allie L. says

    I would nominate my sister. She is a senior in high school, has over a 4.0 GPA and works several days each week. She has plans to attend college in the fall. I’m super proud of her accomplishments and what is to come. She has been through some personal things (haven’t we all) and just keeps on trucking!

  15. jennifer horn says

    I would nominate my daughter. She is in her second year of college, working and involved in programs at school. She’s a hard worker with a big heart, going into physical therapy.

  16. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    I Would Nominate Johnny A Neighboorhood Kid Who Loves To Volunteer In The Community And Always Giving Back To Others :)

  17. tess says

    i would nominate my husbands friend who is in the hospital for 3 months until her baby twins are born..she is having to give up alot right now

    tcogbill at live dot com

  18. Laura Jacobson says

    I would nominate my nephew! He had a rough start to life, and has totally turned his life around and is doing so much good! This would be amazing for him!

  19. Ellie W says

    I would nominate my friend’s oldest son. He has been through some struggles being accepted after coming out but has stayed trued to himself and is a remarkable young man.

  20. Jessica Cox says

    I would nominate my cousin she just had a baby and started college she is really working hard to better her and her new babys life

  21. Erin R. says

    I would nominate my neighbor Joshua because he is always helping to give back to the community & I think he would be a great leader!

  22. Bella T. says

    I would nominate my younger brother because despite our traumatic life, he’s doing great. He’s in his senior year of high school and working two jobs while making good grades and dealing with our mother who has severe mental disorders. I’m so proud of him.

  23. Mendy Dinsmore says

    I would nominate my great-niece. She is a high school Sr. this year and plans on attending college. She wants to be a History teacher

  24. karen d says

    My oldest son’s best friend is the first young person I thought of for this program. Not only does he belong to a variety of volunteer groups but he is athletic, intelligent and extemely polite.

  25. Louis says

    I’d nominate my daughter who studies hard to become a scientist one day
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  26. Tammy S says

    I would nominate my nephew. he volunteers at his local library and is going to college to get a degree in a career that will give back to kids in his community.

  27. Jill H says

    I would nominate my cousin’s daughter who is in college. She gets good grades, volunteers and is always helping others.

  28. Allison Downes says

    I would nominate my cousin who is a young mother and still makes time to go to school to be a doctor

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  29. Kristi says

    I would definitely nominate my dear son Christopher. My stepfather has advanced Alzheimer’s and my mama is in remission from breast cancer and my son has been here through it all, fixing the vehicles when needed, keeping up the yard, fixing any plumbing or any maintenance type stuff and just being here for his granny and papa in their time of need. He’s a great kid with a big heart and I am very proud of him. Thank you!

  30. says

    I would nominate my friend Crystal. She is a very hardworking mother
    of two who has been studying Early childhood education and working with
    kids for many years now. She has a heart of gold and every year sets
    up the Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society in our town.
    A girl scout leader and all around great kind human being, I feel like
    she always goes up and beyond for her community. I’m happy to call her
    my friend.

  31. Sarah Davis says

    I’d nominate my neighbors daughter. She is involved in so many after school activities and yet she has a great head on her shoulders. Shes always looking to learn and better herself.

  32. Virginia Rowell says

    I would nominate my daughter. She does so much to help the community in her spare time while she is in college.

  33. Wild Orchid says

    I would nominate my nephew because he is always sharing with those in need.
    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”
    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  34. Jean Fisher says

    I would nominate my niece, who is 17. Her parents divorced when she was young and she lacks confidence. An apprenticeship like this might be just what she needs to develop some focus and motivation to achieve her dreams.

  35. Tabathia B says

    Both of my daughters, one is an ambassador who volunteers and the other is working on research for different blood disorders

  36. Jamie Brigham says

    I would nominate my really good friend Jessica because she’s a single mom and wants to better her life and her sons life. She doesn’t have money for college and really wants to be successful for herself and her son. She is completely selfless and determined.

  37. Katy M says

    My friend’s teenage daughter has been through so much over the past couple of years and really come out on top. I’m so proud of the woman she is becoming and how she gives so freely to others. She is so young, yet so inspiring! She gives me hope for our world.

  38. debbie jackson says

    I would nominate my son who is graduating and planning to go to college debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  39. jeannie says

    I would nominate my son who is such a hard worker striving to be the first in our family to get a bachelors degree

  40. nikki krutz says

    i would nominate my little sister. She had a baby right after she turned 16, for being such a young mom, she is one of the best moms I know! She takes great care of my beautiful niece and puts her needs before her own. She works more than full time hours. She takes online college classes. Her and her daughter’s father have sacrificed so much to be great parents and are still together. They just recently purchased their first place. I am very proud of her and she deserves something like this! :)

  41. Carol W says

    My son, he is just a great young man. he is kind and caring and helpful. I think many of the younger kids look up to him because he takes the time to help and encourage them. thanks

  42. Amy Truluck says

    I would nominate my stepson. He is 16 and is an amazing young man. Despite difficult circumstances, he has risen up – and become a righteous citizen. he does what is right, and makes sure others do too. He is not swayed by peer pressure – with him its the exact opposite. He is a team player, and a natural born leader – and he wants to help everyone be the best that they can be. He is always thinking of how he can help others. He is motivated and driven by success – and will go far.

  43. Jennifer Mae Hiles says

    I would nominate my neice, she is an amazing kid who inspires me and many others with her heart and her art. She is going to do amazing things.

  44. Stacey B says

    I’d nominate my step son because he’s very intelligent, has a good heart, but I think he needs push in the right direction

  45. penelope merriweather says

    I would nominate my neighbor who is in school and cuts my yard for me and helps me and other neighbors if we need it…He’s inspiring..!!

  46. Roxy says

    Ooo i would nominate any of the youth involved with Big Sisters of Greater Boston. I’ve loved mentoring them as a Big Sister.

  47. Theresa J says

    I would nominate my daughter who spends a lot of her time volunteering and trying to make her community better

  48. Ashley Hatten says

    I would nominate my cousin whom is 19 and a single Mom. She goes to school and works full time to support herself and daughter.

  49. kelly willis says

    My neice she is so kind and caring. she could use this for school she was recently accepted to university of maryland

  50. Brandi Price says

    I would nominate my niece. She is such a smart young lady. She graduated High School early with a degree and is going to graduate college early as well. She has a bright future ahead of her! She busted her butt to get where she is at!

  51. says

    I would nominate my Step-Daughter. She has become a supervisor in the office where she has worked for just a few years, she is going to college and she is raising her teenage half-brother who has special needs.

  52. April V. says

    My niece – she is intelligent, clever and caring and she would absolutely know how to learn from this experience.

  53. Margaret Smith says

    I’d nominate my brother. He’s always helping others. Either with his church or even through work, he helps organize special olympic programs for raising money.

  54. debbie says

    I would nominate my son. Our elderly neighbor told me she was able to stay in her home because she knew she could rely on him for anything.

  55. Kathleen says

    My mom because she donates her time at many different places. She gives and gives but never wants anything in return

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  56. Katherine says

    An Amish girl. She is a neighbor and is always willing to come and help out with anything from gardening to helping with 90 yo MIL

  57. Crystal F says

    I would nominate my hubby. He works two jobs so that I can stay home with our girls. He’s my daughter’s softball coach for her travel team. He works really hard for us and doesn’t ask for anything in return. thank you!

  58. says

    I would have nominated my sister (but she’s just over the age limit) because she organized a stocking stuffer program for our overseas troops when our brother was stationed in Iraq. With her help every soldier in my brother’s platoon got a hand-written holiday card and a stocking stuffed with goodies.

  59. Tracy Robertson says

    I would nominate my young next door neighbor. I can hear her practicing and she is really talented, and a very nice girl as well.

  60. Shannon says

    I’d nominate my cousin Haley because she has shown a lot of initiative in her young life and I’d love to see her career take off with a bit of support from Coca-Cola.

  61. Lisa McGrattan says

    I would nominate our den master. He does so much for the cub scouts in our den plus boys in other packs and troops.

  62. Brittney House says

    My sister. She does volunteer work with the children in our city and travels to other cities to give speeches and voluteers her time to help the youth.

  63. Bud L says

    I would nominate my sister in law. Sheis one amazingperson. He raises thousands of dollars each yr for cancer research all on her own. It amazing what she has done. I think of all the lives she has saved!

  64. says

    I would nominate a lady/mom who lives in SC that I know from online now for years who is an amazing mom to two young boys, one of which who is autistic and she works hard each day to help spread the word about the cause and her efforts to bring the subject to light for all the precious kids who deal & struggle with it. She has built her blog up to bring it to her readers as well. Her name is Karen at The Mommy Times :) thanks

  65. Leslie Galloway says

    I’d nominate my cousin who is about to head off to college because she’s very bright and caring. I expect great things from her!

    Facebook Name: Leslie Galloway (

  66. Leslie L. Stanziani says

    I would nominate a friend’s son.He volunteered all through high school with all athletic teams.He also volunteered and now works at a vets office all while going to college and maintaining straight A’s.

  67. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I would nominate my youngest daughter Alexandra. She volunteers at Church, in our community, at school, and for a summer youth program. She especially enjoys working with children and she sets a wonderful example for them.

  68. Paula Tavernie says

    I would nominate my daughter for she is very intellegent and is always volunteering and helping others!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  69. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    my daughter. She is always doing good things that go unnoticed by others. She is shy and tries to find things she can help out with behind the scenes.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  70. Terry Cross says

    I don’t have anyone in that age range to nominate. If my daughter were younger I would have nominated her because she is smart and would have enjoyed the program

  71. Dawn Reid says

    I would nominate my niece who is always helping others whether it be errands or studying, etc.

  72. Danielle Wood says

    My old service manager who taught me everything I know. She showed she cared about my development professionally and personally and to this day would do anything for me.

  73. Roger Brown says

    I nominate my daughter Arogeanae Brown, because of the great community work and leadership she have done. Arogeanae has received many”Awards” such as the: President Barack Obama’s Bronze Medal Award for attending the California State Capitol Legislative meetings, Gov’t and Mayor’s Academy; Risk Taker Dreamer Maker, Champion of Change for Outstanding Leadership Award in Govern and volunteering service a county over a million people; The E.P.A. Brownfield Science Award for Educational Studies in obtaining a 36.7 million dollar middle school built for Aug.2014 and a 35k dollar grant for community urban gardens. Also many other achievement awards, certificates of participation, trophies and held youth Presidential/Directors positions. Ms. Brown is a very gifted and intellectual young lady you want to meet. So she is differently a runners-up contender. Thank you for opportunity, for her to advance.


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