2017 Award Criteria

Please provide specific examples which explain how you nominee has impacted our community in some or all of the following ways:

  • Changed another’s life through the power of literacy
  • Created works that are representative of a desire to promote learning and knowledge through the power of literacy
  • Created innovative educational programs related to promoting literacy
  • Motivated groups to support the cause of literacy
  • Demonstrated dedication to excellence in a cause benefiting education
  • Developed a program or another literacy service that benefits the community
  • Participated in an action of extraordinary kindness, courage or selflessness within our community
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    2017 Award Recognition Categories

    Youth Award (someone up to age 18)
    An individual or group whose actions demonstrate leadership and a commitment to community. Examples include reading to young students, tutoring, working with struggling students, working to provide books, computers or other education tools to disadvantaged students, or similar community-minded, literacy-based activities.

    Adult Award (someone 18 years of age or older)
    An individual whose actions demonstrate leadership and a passion for literacy in our community. Examples include instructing new readers, working with struggling students, working to provide books, computers or other education tools to disadvantaged individuals, providing free financial, computer or health literacy, writing new books or similar community-minded, literacy-based activities.

    Educator (an individual who works in the education profession with students from birth through the 12th grade)
    An individual whose actions demonstrate a passion for literacy in education. Examples include innovated ways to engage new readers, working with struggling students, working to provide books, computers or other education tools to disadvantaged students and their families, working with new literacies (financial, computer, family-based or health literacy) and similar community-minded, literacy-based activities.

    Higher Education (an individual who works, teaches or attends formal, post-high school instruction)
    An individual whose actions demonstrate a passion for literacy in post-high school education or training. Examples include innovated ways to engage struggling readers, working to provide books, computers or other education tools to disadvantaged students, working with new literacies (financial, computer, family-based or health literacy), providing economic-based literacy services (job searches, resume writing) and similar community-minded activities.

    Business Award (for-profit organization)
    Presented to a local business in recognition of that company’s efforts to improve the literacy of our community. Examples include support of literacy focused programs or initiatives (reading, computer, financial, health or economic literacies), providing time for employees to engage the community in support of these literacies, or providing financial support for organizations in our community who make literacies more accessible.

    Organization Award (non-profit organization)
    Presented to a local non-profit or community-based organization in recognition of their efforts to improve the literacy of our community. Examples include support of literacy focused programs or initiatives (reading, computer, financial, health, family or economic literacies), providing time for employees to engage the community in support of these literacies, or providing fund-raising or grant support for organizations in our community who make literacies more accessible.