Nominations Open for 2021 Awards

May 7, 2021

Bright Promises is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Awards

Bright Promises is seeking nominations for individuals committed to creating opportunities for every young person in Greater Metropolitan Chicago to live a better life and have a brighter future. Honorees will be exemplary trailblazers in service to children in either a professional or volunteer capacity who have contributed to notable improvements in the lives of Chicago-area children and youth.

Nominees can be current or emerging leaders of any age and come from any field, including but not limited to  public or community service, education, community organizing, arts, business, faith-based work, journalism, law, medicine, and philanthropy.

We are accepting nominations of individuals who reflect the core values of Bright Promises Foundation:
Significant positive impact on children and youth, innovation, sustainable change, scalable solutions, and expertise.

Submit a nomination here:

The 2021 Awards will include the following awards:

Champion for Children Award:

The Champion for Children Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a civic or community leader who demonstrates exceptional dedication to helping at-risk children and youth in Metropolitan Chicago in a volunteer  capacity, especially by supporting innovative programs and practices that are ahead of the curve, and whose commitment and belief in building a better future for Chicago kids is exemplary.

Champion for Children Award Criteria:

Lifetime Achievement Award:

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a professional in children's services who has made 15+ years of outstanding contributions to the welfare of low-income and at-risk children in Metropolitan Chicago and to advancing forward-thinking and innovative programs benefiting disadvantaged children and families.

Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria:

Elevating Youth Voices Award:

The Elevating Youth Voices Award is given to an early or mid-career professional in children's services with less than 10 years of experience who is dedicated to empowering children and youth and amplifying youth voices in Metropolitan Chicago. The Elevating Youth Voices Award is accompanied by an honorarium of $5,000 to be used to further the recipient’s knowledge about and work on behalf of vulnerable children..

Elevating Youth Voices Award Criteria:

How to Submit a Nomination

Fill out the online form describing why the nominee should be considered. You may nominate more than one person, but we ask that you consider nominating only those you have direct experience working with or have extensive knowledge of their work. Please submit a separate form for each nominee. Self-nominations are welcome. Late and incomplete submissions will not be considered. Nominations must be received by Friday, June 4, 2021 by 7 p.m. Late nominations will not be processed.

Selection Process

A selection committee comprised of Bright Promises Board members and community leaders will review nominations and select three recipients. Honorees will be contacted by phone. Please ensure that you include current and accurate contact information for the nominee. Honorees will be recognized on Tuesday, October 19 at the Bright Promises 2021 Awards celebration.


Can I nominate myself?

Yes. We recognize leaders may not always have the advocates or platforms they need to be recognized for their work. We encourage self-nominators to use the portal to highlight their accomplishments.  

Can I nominate someone for multiple award categories?

Please review the award criteria carefully before submitting a nomination and select the award category that most accurately reflects the nominees accomplishments. Each nominee will only be considered for one award category. If you have a question about what award category you should select, please email

If I am nominating someone, do I keep it confidential or can I let them know?

We ask that you keep it confidential. We aim to celebrate those that are selected.

Can I nominate more than one person?

Yes, but we ask that you consider nominating only those you have direct experience working with or have extensive knowledge of their work.

Can I nominate someone who works at the same organization as I do?

Yes. Please share insights that will strengthen the nomination. This is, however, not a way to fundraise for affiliated organizations. The purpose of this award is to recognize individual leaders.


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