The Youth Award is presented by the Commission to the individual or group of local youth that promote and/or contribute to Human Rights in the Brookings area and abroad. Activities the Commission is aware of that would be worthy of a Youth Award include, but are not limited to:
Collecting money for a human rights related organization/cause
Organizing a human rights related activity
Collecting food/clothing/personal hygiene items for local or national organizations
Since the Human Rights Commission hopes to recognize the creativity and uniqueness of our youth, we ask students not be nominated for participation in class activities or pre-organized events. However, any additional activity that comes as a result of a class activity or pre-organized event would be a welcome nomination. To keep our awards timely, we also ask nominations be limited to events that have occurred since June 2017. If you are nominating youth for participation in connection with a service agency, a letter on agency letterhead, dated and signed by the director, must accompany the nomination form.
The Brookings Human Rights Commission Youth Ally Award recognizes an adult who has inspired local youth to become involved in human rights activities and initiatives, either locally or abroad. The Youth Ally Award is an award where youth in the community nominate an adult for special recognition.