Civic Action Recognition Awards

An Obama Foundation and Chicago Public Schools Initiative



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

 

 


The Barack Obama Foundation and Chicago Public Schools 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.

The organizations have jointly announced the creation of the Barack Obama Foundation and Chicago Public Schools Civic Action Recognition Awards to honor four categories of civic engagement leaders in Chicago:

  • Youth Impact Award (youth/student(s)
  • Civics Culture and Commitment Award (schoolwide leadership)
  • Civics Education Leadership Award (educator)
  • Community Partnership Award (community-based organization working with school(s))

 

Award Descriptions and Nomination Criteria

Award

Description

Youth Impact Award

Recipients: Classroom or school group, youth group, individual youth, Student Voice Committee

This award will recognize students who have made a significant impact by addressing an important issue in their classroom, school, or community. Students will have conducted research and thoughtfully engaged community members in better understanding a community challenge and crafting solutions.

Student-led civic engagement work has an impact on the community. Projects that are underway but not yet completed may be submitted for consideration, given an innovative, well-researched, designed plan for action. Awardees exemplify the spirit of President Obama’s challenge that we occupy the most important office, that of citizen.

Award Quality Criteria: Youth Impact Award

Civic Culture and Commitment Award

Recipients: Schools, school administrators, instructional leadership teams

This award will recognize schools that have made a commitment to building opportunities for students to have authentic and meaningful civic learning both in the classroom and throughout the school. These schools value students in their decision-making and policy development processes and infuse best practice civic education throughout students’ coursework.

The school establishes democratic systems and structures that afford opportunities for students and community stakeholders to practice and apply civic knowledge, skills, and habits. These may be evident through curriculum and program implementation, methods of decision-making, policy development, and/or open deliberation of values and community needs with school stakeholders.

Award Quality Criteria: Civics Culture and Commitment Award

Civic Education Leadership Award

Recipients: School and community-based educators

This award will honor 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; innovation in practicing democracy with students in and outside of the classroom, and commitment to engaging youth in discussion, investigation, and action on issues impacting students’ lives.

Includes educators in and out of school settings.

Award Quality Criteria: Civics Education Leadership Award

Community Partner Award

Recipients: Community-based organizations, university programs/centers, city agencies, (e.g., CHA, Park District)

This award will recognize organizations that exemplify collaborative and meaningful partnership between schools and community organizations to empower student voice and civic engagement. These organizations honor youth voice and use their expertise to collaborate with youth to support high quality civic learning in schools and classrooms.

The work shows a collaborative and meaningful partnership between schools and community organizations that address an issue or school/community need. Awardees honor youth voice and expertise, and work exemplifies co-leadership with youth playing a major role in implementation.

Award Quality Criteria: Community Partnership Award

 

Application/Nomination Process

To apply or nominate, review the award criteria and then show how you (or someone you are nominating) meets that criteria. You can show the civic impact anyway you like--write your submission or produce a video.

Submitting Your Application/Nomination

  • Complete the Application/Nomination form for the Obama Foundation and CPS Civic Action Recognition Award.
  • Tell us about your work and its impact in a tweet (280 characters or less)
  • Explain in greater detail how this individual/group meets or exceeds the quality criteria outlined for the award. Please be specific. (Text: 1500 words or less; Video: 5 minutes or less)
  • Share evidence that supports the description or narrative you provided in your submission. Upload evidence (including letters of recommendation) in the Evidence Folder for Application Submission.

Application Supports

Timeline

  • Nomination deadline: March 26, 2019
  • Application deadline: March 26, 2019
  • Finalist notification and site visits/interviews: April 15 to April 26, 2019
  • Final decision deadline: May 6, 2019
  • Recognition ceremony: May 29, 2019

 

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