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NJJN's awards elevate and honor exceptional advocates for their contributions to the field of youth justice reform. Whether through tenacious advocacy, legislative reform, journalism, or a lifetime's worth of dedicated work, each award seeks to spotlight those who expose and remediate the harm that the youth justice system inflicts upon youth. 

2020 Awards

Young Justice Leader Award
NJJN is excited to present the new Young Justice Leader Justice Award to a young person who is a bold and passionate leader for youth justice change. This award is intended to elevate the leadership of directly impacted young people as we push to transform the system.

Beth Arnovits Gutsy Advocate for Youth Award
This award is presented to an individual who advocates for youth justice and juvenile justice reform and embodies “the tenacity, vision, fearlessness and wisdom of Beth Arnovits,” one of NJJN’s founders.

Emerging Leader Award
This award honors 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. 

Past Awards

Award for Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform
This award is presented jointly by NJJN and one of our member organizations -- usually in alternate years -- to honor advocates who have championed the cause of youth justice reform in their state. These advocates have shown themselves to be true friends to and advocates for youth in trouble with the law, and the award recognizes their commitment to creating a fairer, more equitable juvenile justice system.

Story of Justice Media Award
We created this award to recognize those journalists who have made it a priority to shine a light not just on the human tragedies that result from the justice system's manifold failures, but to ask the question, "Can't we do better?" 

Award for Lifetime Leadership in Youth Justice Reform
We present this award to advocates who have made extraordinary contributions toward the vision of a safe, fair, and equitable youth justice system over the course of their careers.