Spirit of Youth Award

Purpose

The Spirit of Youth Award recognizes a young adult who has made great strides following involvement with the juvenile justice system; has overcome personal obstacles; and is making significant contributions to society.

The award provides an important opportunity to learn from a young person about the hard work and dedication it takes to build a better life, and how juvenile justice professionals and systems can most effectively support the youth they serve. This honors the commitment the young person and those that have supported them to help them find their success.

Criteria

The award recipient must be:

  • Under 24 years of age,
  • A person who was adjudicated delinquent/involved in the juvenile justice system.
  • Currently involved, directly or indirectly, in bettering the lives of youth; and
  • Nominated by a former system worker or member of the community.

Selection

The Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association (NJJA) Board of Directors will review nominations utilizing a rubric. All nominees will be informed of the decision made by February 15th, 2019. The awardee’s nomination will be forward to the National Juvenile Justice Coalition for consideration in the National Spirit of Youth Award. Nomination forms will be seen only by those reviewing nominations to protect confidentiality.

Presentation

The recipient will be honored at the NJJA Annual Conference at 12:00pm on May 2nd, 2019. The recipient will receive an honorary plaque, a one-time, $500 scholarship to any Nebraska post-secondary institution or training program of the recipient’s choice (must be used within 12 months of receiving the award), free conference registration and travel and/or lodging expenses to attend the NJJA 2019 Annual Conference award ceremony to accept their award. The NJJA conference is held at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE. The recipient will be asked to sign a media release to allow for pictures to be publishing on the NJJA website and social media about their recognition.

Deadline for Nominations

All nominations must be received by January 31, 2019. Electronic submission is encouraged. OR please mail or email 2019 Spirit of Youth Award Nomination Form to:

Tom McBride
Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association
635 South 14th, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68508
Email: tmcbride909@gmail.com


For further information, contact Tom McBride or at (402) 366-6515