Chicago Public Schools is working with the Obama Foundation to recognize and honor those who have made a powerful impact in their communities through civic engagement. As part of our shared vision to elevate the next generation of young leaders, we aim to inspire and empower students, educators, schools, and organizations to change their communities, and the world, for the better.
The Obama Foundation and CPS have developed four awards that exemplify leadership in youth civic engagement, and we encourage you to apply or nominate a changemaker in your community by March 26, 2019:
- Youth Impact Award (for Students)
This award recognizes students who have made a significant impact by addressing an important issue in their classroom, school, or community. Students have conducted research and thoughtfully engaged community members to better understand the problem and craft solutions.
- Civic Education Leadership Award (for Educators)
This award honors educators who model civic leadership by creatively and powerfully providing opportunities for young people to engage actively in their community. These individuals stand out for their commitment to providing space, encouragement, and guidance for youth voice and leadership.
- Civic Culture and Commitment Award (for Schools)
This award recognizes schools that are committed to providing students with authentic and meaningful civic learning opportunities both in the classroom and throughout the school. These schools value students in their decision-making and policy development processes and infuse best practices in civic education throughout students’ coursework.
- Community Partnership Award (for Community-based Organizations)
This award recognizes organizations that exemplify collaborative and meaningful partnership with schools to empower student voice and civic engagement. These organizations honor youth voice and use their expertise to support high quality civic learning in schools and classrooms.
To apply or nominate a student, educator, school, or community organization deserving of recognition for their passion and service, please review the process and award criteria and note the following deadlines:
- Application/Notification Deadline: March 26, 2019
- Finalist Notification and Potential Site Visits/Interviews: April 15-26, 2019
- Final Decision Notification: May 6, 2019
- Recognition Ceremony: May 29, 2019