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NJJN 2017 Advocacy Award Nomination Process

Nomination Deadline for the 2017 Gutsy Advocate for Youth Award and the Emerging Leader Award is May 18, 2017.  

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Gutsy Advocate Award

Emerging Leader Award


The Beth Arnovits Gutsy Advocate for Youth Award 2017

 

DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

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 Thursday, May 18, 2017.

 

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.





The Youth Justice Emerging Leader Award 2017

 

DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

 

 

Purpose

To honor an individual advocate for youth justice who embodies passion, boldness and perseverance, and is committed to raising up the voices, experiences and expertise of system-involved youth and people of color to ensure that those most directly impacted by injustice are at the forefront of the youth justice movement.

 

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 committed to empowering system-involved youth, people of color, and families of youth who are system-involved as leaders in the youth justice movement.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to racial justice in their youth justice advocacy.
  4. Have engaged in youth justice advocacy for no more than 5 years.
  5. Represent a directly-impacted community. This includes any of the following:
    1. formerly incarcerated or otherwise system-involved youth
    2. person of color
    3. family member of a system-involved youth
    4. person harmed by crime, or survivor of crime

 

NJJN encourages nominations of individuals of all ages who are engaged in youth justice advocacy -- including youth under the age of 18.


Who Can Nominate Someone for this Award?

Nominations must come from an NJJN member (either state organizational member or Youth Justice Leadership Institute member), or NJJN partner organization. Anyone affiliated with a member or partner organization may nominate themselves for the award.

 

What Awardees Receive

  1. Presentation of a plaque at NJJN’s annual 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.

 

How to Nominate Someone 

Please submit your nominations via email to info@njjn.org by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, May 18, 2017. All submissions should include the following information:

 

  1. Full name of nominee, organizational affiliation, position title, description and how long the nominee has been in that role.
  2. All nominees must represent a directly-impacted community. How has your nominee been directly impacted by the juvenile justice system? How has that impact informed their advocacy work around youth justice reform?
  3. How does the nominee use advocacy to effectively promote the fair treatment of youth in trouble with the law?
  4. How does the nominee use advocacy to empower system-involved youth, families, and people of color as youth justice movement leaders?
  5. What has the nominee done to prioritize racial justice in their youth justice advocacy?
  6. How has the nominee been a trailblazer in youth justice reform at the local, state or national level?

 

NJJN’s Membership Advisory Council will review all nominations and select the winner.