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Beth Arnovits Gutsy Advocate for Youth Award

NOMINATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018

Purpose:


To honor individual advocates for youth justice who embody the tenacity, vision, fearlessness and wisdom of Beth Arnovits. 
 
Elizabeth (Beth) J. Arnovits (1950-2011), Executive Director of the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency for 36 years and one of the founders of NJJN, spent most of her life working to reform the justice system for both youth and adults. Beth’s heart for second chances made a huge difference in the lives of youth, and her adventurous approach to life inspired those who worked beside her. Before she died, she received recognition as a Greater Lansing Woman of the Year 2011 Finalist. NJJN is honored to announce this award in remembrance of Beth, who was nothing if not gutsy. 

Criteria:

The nominee should:
1. Use advocacy as a key tool to effectively promote fair treatment of youth in trouble with the law.
2. Be stalwart in his/her advocacy and engaged in the battle over the long haul.
3. Promote the national movement for reform as well as conduct state-based work.
4. Be a mentor to others in the field.
5. Be a trailblazer in their reform movement.
6. Use advocacy for the purpose of juvenile justice prevention, community-based alternatives, and/or coalition building.
7. Either be, or be aligned with, a current NJJN member (either state organizational member or Youth Justice Leadership Institute member). 
 
Who can Nominate a Gutsy Youth Advocate?

*Nominations must come from a NJJN member (either state organizational member or Youth Justice Leadership Institute member) or NJJN partner. ·
*Anyone affiliated with a member or partner organization may nominate themselves for the award. ·
*No more than two people can nominate any one person.

Awardees Receive

1. Presentation of a plaque at the Forum.
2. Travel and hotel expenses covered to come to the Forum, if these otherwise wouldn’t be covered.
3. Assistance with garnering local press for themselves and their organizations around receipt of the award.
4. National press release sent out by NJJN. 
5. A dedicated page on the NJJN website honoring the recipient with a brief video, where feasible. 
 
How to Nominate Someone

Please submit your written nominations via email to info@njjn.org by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, May 4, 2018.
 
All submissions should include the following information:
1. With what organization is the nominee affiliated?
2. How does the nominee use advocacy to effectively promote the fair treatment of youth in trouble with the law?
3. How long has the nominee been engaged in the battle for change? 
4. What has the nominee done to move the movement forward on a national level?
5. How has the nominee mentored others in the field?
6. How has the nominee been a trailblazer in the juvenile justice reform state or national fields?
 
NJJN’s Membership Advisory Council will review all nominations and select the winner.  


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The National Juvenile Justice Network is composed of coalitions, organizations and alumni of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute across 43 states and the District of Columbia, all of whom advocate for a fairer justice system for children and teens.

 
More About the Award

Created by the NJJN Executive Committee to honor one of NJJN’s founders and a true leader in the juvenile justice reform movement, this award is designed to both acknowledge other leaders in the field and to create a communications platform for justice reform work. Each year, we will honor an individual advocate for youth justice who embodies the tenacity, vision, fearlessness and wisdom of Beth Arnovits. (See below for more about her.) 

Please note: only NJJN members, partner organizations, and staff are eligible to nominate folks for these awards, though anyone affiliated with a member or partner organization may nominate themselves for an award. 

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Arnovits (1950-2011) -- pictured at right -- was executive director of the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency for 36 years and one of the founders of NJJN. She spent most of her life working to reform the justice system for both youth and adults. Beth’s heart for second chances made a huge difference in the lives of youth, and her adventurous approach to life inspired those who worked beside her. Before she died, she received recognition as a Greater Lansing Woman of the Year 2011 Finalist. NJJN is honored to sponsor this award in remembrance of Beth, who was nothing if not gutsy.





Past Winners:

- 2017 -

Verna Carr, of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children. Learn more.

- 2016 -

Carmen Perez, of Gathering for Justice. Learn more.

- 2015 -

Jody E. Owens, III, of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mississippi office. Learn more here

- 2014 -

Ernest Johnson, of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children.

- 2013 - 

Elizabeth "Betsy" Clarke of the Juvenile Justice Initiative in Illinois. Learn more

- 2012 -

Kim McGill of the Youth Justice Coalition (CA). Watch Kim McGill talk about winning the Gutsy Youth Advocate for Youth Award.


Photo of Beth Arnovits by Michelle Weemhoff