Chicago Public Schools and the Obama Foundation aim to recognize, honor, and uplift the students, educators, and community partners that are promoting an open space for young people to make their voices heard, and impact their schools and communities. 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 by February 21st, 2020:
Youth Impact Award (For Groups of 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.
Please note the following deadlines:
||February 21st, 2020
||March 20th, 2020
|Final Decision Deadline
||April 3rd, 2020
||May - date TBD
For more information on last year’s Awards, check out the InsideCPS recap of the awardees and the Obama Foundation’s recap of the event.