Beth Arnovits Gutsy Advocate 
for Youth Award Nominations

Due October 7, 2020


To honor individual advocates for youth justice who embody the tenacity, vision, fearlessness and wisdom of 

Beth Arnovits. 

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Arnovits (1950-2011), Executive Director of the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency for 36 years and one of the founders of NJJN, spent most of her life working to reform the justice system for both youth and adults. Beth’s heart for second chances made a huge difference in the lives of youth, and her adventurous approach to life inspired those who worked beside her. Before she died, she received recognition as a Greater Lansing Woman of the Year 2011 Finalist. NJJN is honored to recognize Beth, was nothing if not gutsy, with this annual award.    


The nominee should:

  1. Use advocacy as a key tool to effectively promote fair treatment of youth in trouble with the law.
  2. Be stalwart in his/her advocacy and engaged in the battle over the long haul.
  3. Promote the national movement for reform as well as conduct state-based work.
  4. Be a mentor to others in the field.
  5. Promote race equity.
  6. Be a trailblazer in their reform movement.
  7. Use advocacy for the purpose of juvenile justice prevention, community-based alternatives, and/or coalition building.
  8. Either be, or be aligned with, a current NJJN member (either state organizational member or Youth Justice Leadership Institute member).

Who can nominate:

  • Nominations must come from a NJJN member (either state organizational member or Youth Justice Leadership Institute member) or NJJN partner. 

  • Anyone affiliated with a member or partner organization may nominate themselves for the award.

  • No more than two people can nominate any one person. 

Awardee Receives:

Plaque and recognition at virtual awards ceremony and national press release sent out by NJJN and a dedicated page on the NJJN website honoring the recipient 

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