2019 Emerging Change Champion Award Guidelines

Each year at the Community Change Champions Awards, we honor one Emerging Change Champion who has worked tirelessly to build power for greater social and economic justice in low-income communities, specifically low-income communities of color.

Emerging Change Champions demonstrate high levels of courage, compassion, leadership and promise with the potential to reach beyond organizational boundaries to build a broader movement for change from across the country.

  • Individuals nominated for the Emerging Change Champion Award should display a combination of activism and thought, force of character that stands out from the crowd, independent judgment and responsibility, and clarity of expression.
  • The nominee’s activities should be devoted to social justice causes that are reflected in Community Change’s issue areas and use elements of community organizing in their work. Nominees from Community Change’s partners and programs are particularly encouraged.
  • The nominee should be someone who is not widely recognized, who does not have personal privilege or a strong institutional base of support, and who has demonstrated a capacity to grow, overcome obstacles and make a significant contribution to human freedom by leading, teaching, and inspiring others to do the same.
  • The Emerging Change Champion Award was first developed in collaboration with the Petra Foundation. Past recipients include Cherri Delesline from the Fight for $15, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar of the Dignity in Schools campaign, and John Jairo Lugo of Unidad Latina en Accion.

The winner of the Emerging Change Champion Award will be honored at Community Change Champions Awards gala on September 19, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Travel expenses to accept the award will be covered by Community Change. The awardee will receive a small financial gift, leadership development and skill-share trainings, and a platform to elevate their work.

To submit your nomination please use link here.
The deadline to submit all nominations is May 5, 2019.

Please direct any inquiries on the Emerging Change Champion Award to Judy Woods at [email protected]