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Call for Applications: Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award

Friday, February 9, 2018

Contact: Christine Veney   cveney@aypf.org  

Sponsored by: The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)


The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) are sponsoring the Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award to recognize youth who demonstrate the spirit of and commitment to public service and who have faced and overcome barriers and challenges to success. The award will be presented at the Samuel Halperin Lecture on March 21, 2018, from 8:45am - 10:45am in Washington, DC. The Lecture and Youth Public Service Award serves as an ongoing tribute to Samuel Halperin, who dedicated his career to advancing education, workforce, and youth policy to improve the life outcomes for vulnerable youth, as well as personally mentoring and supporting many youth and young adults in their careers in public service. More information on Samuel Halperin's life and accomplishments can be found here.

Youth are asked to apply by submitting an essay describing their commitment to and involvement in public service, as well as how public service has helped them overcome barriers and challenges they may face. Youth are encouraged to describe the youth program that helped them become engaged in public service and/or has provided support to them. Youth are also asked to address how they will stay involved with public service in the future. Click here for more information on the essay requirements.

One essay will be selected by a review panel of education and youth advocates and practitioners. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and be asked to read his/her essay or make a short presentation about the essay at the Lecture event on March 21, 2018. To be eligible, youth must be between the ages of 18-24, a resident of the District of Columbia, and currently enrolled in school, postsecondary education, workforce development program, or an alternative education and training program.

The deadline for submitting an essay is 5:00pm on Friday, February 9, 2018. If you have any questions about this award, please email Christine Veney at cveney@aypf.org.

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