ACLU Youth Award Seeks Nominations
April 14, 2004
Honolulu - The ACLU of Hawai'i seeks to recognize high school students statewide whose actions have raised awareness about the Bill of Rights. Nominees for the Youth Award are eligible for a $1,000 or one of two $500 cash awards.
The Youth Award is in its second year. The first place winners last year created the first Gay Straight Alliance club in the public schools.
Mandi Larson, a junior at Maui High School and chair of this yearıs committee, said, "I would like to see more young people aware of their rights. This is one way to encourage youth already involved and to inspire others."
Actions to promote civil liberties can range from setting up public forums and legislative action to organizing protests around an issue.
The annual award is underwritten by a donation from Dr. Les Wilbur, professor emeritus from University of Southern California. The nominees are judged on the strength and depth of their contributions to civil liberties and the rights of young people and the obstacles they had to overcome in their work.
"The Bill of Rights will survive if there are enough individuals asserting their rights. Youth have a key role in preserving these freedoms for the next generation," said executive director Vanessa Y. Chong
Nominations can be made by anyone. Candidates should be no older than a senior in a public or private school in the state, have taken some action to promote civil liberties from December 15, 2002 to December 15, 2003. The deadline is May 31.
To nominate someone or for more information, call 522-5900 or check the ACLU webpage at acluhawaii.org.
Youth Award 2003 Honorees
Youth Award Program