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Youth Advocate of the Year Award

Advocacy is the cornerstone of National PTA’s mission, and advocates at every level and age play an integral role in PTA’s efforts. The involvement of our nation’s youth is particularly important, as youth both provide a fresh perspective and are developing skills to be the leaders of tomorrow. In recognition of the importance of youth advocates, National PTA will – for the first time - present an award to an Outstanding Youth Advocate at the 2013 National PTA Legislative Conference, taking place March 12-14, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The Outstanding Youth Advocacy Award will be presented to a young person, who, through his or her creativity, leadership, and dedication, has positively affected policy or change in his or her school or community in a way that aligns with PTA’s mission and goals. The youth individual must be a member of a PTA or PTSA.

The winning youth will win two all-expense paid* trips to the 2013 Legislative Conference, and will be recognized at an awards ceremony.

* Expenses include and are limited to round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, conference registration and materials, and per-diem food expenses for the youth and a parent or guardian.

The Legislation Committee, Youth Committee, and National PTA President will review all award nominations to determine the winning individual.

The deadline for nomination is December 5, 2012.

If you have any questions about the award criteria or nomination process, please contact Mollie Van Lieu at mvanlieu@pta.org or 703-518-1240.

Award winners will be notified by mid-January 2013.

The Outstanding Youth Advocacy Award will be presented to a youth individual (defined as someone under 18, or still in high school), that through their dedication, leadership and efforts positively affected policy change compatible with PTA’s mission and goals. These categories include:

• ACHIEVEMENT- What the nominee accomplished through their advocacy effort.
• INNOVATION- Nominee used an innovative or exemplary approach in performing advocacy.
• MOBILIZATION- Nominee mobilized other volunteers or generated increased resources.
• ONGOING INVOLVEMENT- Nominee’s commitment was hands-on and sustained, rather than a one-time activity.

Nominations will be judged based on the point values assigned to each required question.

Any PTA member may submit a nomination on behalf of a youth individual.

Only complete online nominations will be considered. A complete nomination includes all fields and optional supporting materials and letter(s) of recommendation.
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