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Do Something to Honor Young Social Entrepreneurs

Once again, the Do Something Brick Award is calling for nominations. Each year, the Do Something ( http://dosomething.org/ ) Brick Award honors six outstanding leaders age 18 and under and three outstanding leaders age 19 to 25 who use their talents to take action that measurably strengthens their local communities in the areas of community building, health, or the environment. The award is meant to highlight the achievements of individual social entrepreneurs who have made a difference in their communities. Each of the “18 and under” winners is awarded a $5,000 higher education scholarship and a $5,000 community grant to be directed by the award winner to the not-for-profit organization of his or her choice. Winners in the “19 to 25” category each receive a $10,000 community grant. Visit the Do Something Web site for complete program information and application procedures. The deadline for applications is: October 25, 2006. For more details on who qualifies for the award, click below.

Members of the Brick Selection Committee evaluate applicants on the following criteria: communication skills; ability to motivate and mobilize community members; originality of approach to strengthening the community; knowledge and understanding of how the local community works; leadership, development of key collaborations and relationships, and demonstration of long-term commitment to the community; social entrepreneurial skills; ability to create programs and initiatives, and/or to build upon existing programs; ability to tangibly improve the lives of others; ability to measurably strengthen the quality and health of community institutions through community work; and ability to have a sustainable impact on the community at large and to catalyze long-term improvement in the community. This is an award for social entrepreneurs, not activists or fundraisers.

Brick winners are builders and creators who start programs/organizations and/or modernize older programs/organizations. Although founding a program or organization is not a requirement for the award, it does demonstrate that the applicant is a social entrepreneur and will be scored accordingly. By the same token, if an applicant has brought new and fresh leadership to a stale organization, that also shows social entrepreneurism.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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