The Blue Ribbon Youth Memorial is a project that aims to bring awareness to the issue of teenagers killed in reckless and drunk driving. The project is located in the City of Santa Clarita Central Park. The design seeks to memorialize each individual youth as well as to incorporate new ones, in the unfortunate event. The design concept was to utilize the idea of a center and to have individual markers radiate out from it. The initial marker design called for a more ephemeral representation of each child, however, the parents of the individuals asked for a more direct representation so as to serve as a powerful and graphic reminder. The collaboration led to the idea of trees cut short, representing the lives of the youths that were cut too short by the events that took their lives. Each marker has a bronze plaque with the name of the individual youth and the center memorial piece has a bronze plaque with a special message. In addition, visitors can check out ipods from the park office for a self guided tour and to hear stories about each youth. This project has been awarded the League of California Cities' Helen Putnam Award for Excellence: Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics and Community Involvement and the California Park and Recreation Society's Award of Excellence: Recreation and Community Services Awards- Neighborhood/ Community Life.