Call for Nominations: Youth Immigrant Achievement Award
The American Immigration Council is seeking nominations for the Immigrant Youth Achievement Award. The Immigrant Youth Achievement Award recognizes a young immigrant in the United States whose accomplishments are the embodiment of the immigrant spirit and show a commitment to making a positive impact.
In a media fueled environment where the label “immigrant” has taken on such negative and hateful qualities, the American Immigration Council works to combat these stereotypes by holding up exemplary youth in our communities as examples of the positive contributions young immigrants are making in our country every day. The Immigrant Youth Achievement Award recognizes a young immigrant in the United States whose accomplishments are the embodiment of the immigrant spirit and show a commitment to making a positive impact in their community or the world around them.
The Immigrant Youth Achievement Award is presented to the winner at the American Immigration Council’s annual Washington, DC Immigrant Achievement Awards in the Spring. Past honorees have emigrated from countries such as Ireland, India, Cambodia, China, and Cuba and have made contributions in literature, journalism, music and politics.
In determining the selection of a nominee to receive the American Immigration Council’s Immigrant Youth Achievement Award, the selection committee will use the following criteria:
1. The honoree must be between the ages of 14 and 25 years of age;
2. The honoree must be an immigrant to the United States, including those who have become naturalized citizens;
3. The accomplishments of the honoree must reflect more than personal success and should have evidence of a commitment to making a positive impact in their community or the world around them;
4. The honoree must be willing and available to travel (at the American Immigration Council’s expense) to Washington, DC for the awards ceremony on Thursday, March 29, 2012. The American Immigration Council will cover the costs of travel and accommodations for the honoree, and for a parent or guardian if the honoree is a minor.
Please forward your nominee’s name, address, age, immigration history, and how long they have been living in the United States to Megan Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a thorough synopsis of their contributions and achievements. Additional documentation (newspaper articles, etc.) is encouraged.
All nominations must be received by 5:00pm EST on February 1, 2012.
Please note it is required that the honoree attend the Washington, DC Immigrant Achievement Awards on Thursday, March 29, 2012. The nominees will be reviewed by the American Immigration Council. An invitation will be extended by February 10, 2012.
For more information, visit the American Immigration Council website @ http://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/events/17th-annual-washington-dc-immigrant-achievement-awards