Emerging Leader Award

Due October 7, 2020


To honor an individual advocate for youth justice who embodies passion, boldness and perseverance, and is committed to raising up the voices, experiences and expertise of system-involved youth and people of color to ensure that those most directly impacted by injustice are at the forefront of the youth justice movement.


The nominee should:

  1. Use advocacy as a key tool to effectively promote fair treatment of youth in trouble with the law.
  2. Be committed to empowering system-involved youth, people of color, and families of youth who are system-involved as leaders in the youth justice movement.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to racial justice in their youth justice advocacy.
  4. Have engaged in youth justice advocacy for no more than 5 years.
  5. Represent a directly-impacted community. This includes any of the following:

a. formerly incarcerated or otherwise system-involved youth 

b. person of color 

c. family member of a system-involved youth 

d. person harmed by crime, or survivor of crime NJJN encourages nominations of individuals of all ages who are engaged in youth justice advocacy -- including youth under the age of 18.

Who can nominate:

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

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

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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