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Gleitsman Activist Award Nominations Open

We recently learned about a great award being offered by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government that we think would be well-suited for some of our NCDD members and their networks. Nominations for this honor are open until July 5th, so make sure not to delay if you want to nominate someone. You can read more below or find more info here.


We are excited to announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2014 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award. Between now and the nomination deadline of July 5, 2014, we welcome nominations of individual activists who are leaders in confronting and correcting social injustice in the United States.

The Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award celebrates the courageous, innovative work of individuals who advance social justice and improve lives in their communities and beyond. The award, given every other year at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, recognizes these change agents for acting upon their unique and powerful insights about solving society’s toughest problems and for shaping strong, successful programs that truly make change happen.

Past honorees stand out in the field of social change for their vision, their determination, and their capacity to achieve lasting social impact with effective, pragmatic, programs. For example, Rebecca Onie, the 2012 honoree, has greatly improved health outcomes for lower-income patients through  her work as CEO of Health Leads, a nonprofit that works to create a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. Susan Burton, the 2010 honoree and criminal justice system activist Susan Burton, has changed lives and helped people build new and better futures by empowering formerly incarcerated women to reenter society, maintain their sobriety, and reunite with their children.

The honoree will receive $125,000 and a specially commissioned sculpture designed by Maya Lin, the creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The award ceremony will be held in November 2014 at the Center for Public Leadership, which oversees and sponsors the award.

You can complete the Citizen Activist Award nomination form by following this link, http://bit.ly/1kYQOpN, and forwarding supporting materials to us postmarked no later than July 5, 2014.  Alternatively, please complete the attached form and supporting materials and return them postmarked no later than July 5, 2014. Please feel free to share this nomination request with your networks.

If you have any questions regarding this nomination or the Center for Public Leadership, or need any additional information before sharing this nomination, please write to Mike_Leveriza@hks.harvard.edu or call 617-495-1386.

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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