The Mario Savio Memorial Lecture Fund’s Young Activist Award which carries a cash prize of $6000, is presented each year to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. The recipients should have demonstrated leadership ability, creativity, and integrity. The cash award is divided equally between the individual recipient and an organization of his/her choosing.
The Award provides prospects where young citizens can connect with older activists to know their common ideals and locate insight and nourishment for activism at the moment and to endorse the principles that Mario Savio struggled to proceed all the way through his days i.e. human rights, social justice, and freedom of expression moreover to be aware of and hearten young activists engaged in resist to build a more civilized and just society.
This award bears cash reward of $6000 and is offered annually to a young individual (or persons) with a bottomless assurance to human rights and social justice and a proven capability to change this commitment into efficient action. The cash award is divided equally between the individual recipient and an organization of his/her choosing.
Finalists will be asked to submit further supporting documents (letters of recommendation, articles by or about the candidate, etc.) Anyone may nominate a candidate, including members of the general public. The Lecture Board may also solicit nominations for activists who have come to its attention.
Preference will be given to candidates who have not been widely recognized and do not have personal privilege or a strong institutional base of support.
Candidate must be:
- Between ages 16-26 by 9/1/2010;
- Engaged in activism for social change, promoting the values of peace, human rights, economic or social justice, or freedom of expression (this year preference will be given to activism for economic justice, broadly interpreted);
- Acting not alone but within the context of an organization, social movement, or larger community effort;
- Considered by others within that context as an inspirational leader or motivating force;
- Work is centered in the United States.
- Willing to attend award ceremony in Berkeley, California (expenses paid).
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