Nominations for the 2022 Leadership Prize are closed.

Winners will be announced in March. Join us online on May 12th to Celebrate!

Recipients of the Leadership Prize are leading lights whose inspirational careers are beacons for future generations and whose work has substantially improved the lives of youth. Awardees have achieved lasting change either through a lifetime of work on behalf of youth, a landmark contribution to the field of children’s rights, or exceptional efforts to shine a light on the most important issues affecting youth today. The Prize carries an honorarium of $5,000.

We're looking for nominations from any field—law, government, the arts, media, entertainment, sports, business, or any other sector—of individuals who are working on behalf of youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Self-nominations are welcomed.

To nominate, you will need:
1. Name and contact information for the nominee
2. The nominee's bio 
3. A statement on why you are nominating the individual
4. A letter of recommendation from another individual, plus their contact information

>>> Click here to submit a nomination.

Deadline for submissions is January 14, 2022.

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Our 2022 Leadership Prize Selection Committee

  • Manuela Arciniegas, Director, Andrus Family Fund 

  • Sacha Coupet, Professor of Law, Loyola University School of Law; Board of Directors, Juvenile Law Center

  • Frankie Guzman, Senior Director of Youth Justice Initiative, National Center for Youth Law, 2018 Leadership Prize Winner

  • Shobha Lakshmi Mahadev, Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

  • Nadia Mozaffar, Senior Attorney, Juvenile Law Center