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2024 Awards

Celebrating 155 years

Join us for the 2024 Awards to celebrate 155 years of ensuring that every child reaches their full promise and potential.

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Past Award Winners

Jessica Yavitz

Champion for Children Award

Maria Woltjen

Lifetime Achievement Award

Denzel Burke

Elevating Youth Voices Award

Destine Philips

Elevating Youth Voices Award

The work of creating a more just, equitable and prosperous society for everyone starts with how we nurture our young people. If we aren’t creating equitable opportunities for them, we can’t claim to be building an equitable future for anyone.

Devon Van-Houten Maldanado – 2022 Awards Honoree


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Building relationships and listening to the needs and aspirations of young people is crucial. By creating opportunities for young people, we can empower them to reach their full potential, breaking cycles of poverty and inequality.

Destine Phillips – 2023 Awards Honoree


Promising Practices: What Happens When Youth Take the Lead

Join us for the kickoff of our "Promising Practices" free, educational webinar series on Wednesday, April 17 at 11AM CST.
Learn from local experts about the most creative, innovative, and effective strategies for engaging youth as leaders, and learn about the transformative impact on communities when youth take the lead.

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Past Webinars

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Confronting Racism: Helping Youth Heal from Racism-Based Trauma through Empowerment and Activism

During this panel discussion, leading experts in the field of race-based trauma discuss how to recognize trauma caused by racism in children youth and how adults can help empower youth and support their healing.

Confronting Racism: What Youth Have to Say About Racial Trauma

This webinar about the impact of historical and community trauma features a panel of Chicago youth leaders sharing how racism has impacted their lives, and how they are confronting racism and promoting healing for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Confronting Racism: Causes and Strategies for Addressing Race Based Trauma in Children

Featuring a panel of leading experts in the field of race-based trauma, this webinar highlights how adults can help youth to exercise their own agency and to feel empowered, and how these actions can help support healing from racially based traumatic stress.