Outright Awards 2015: Call For Nominations!
Calling for nominations for the 2015 Outright Awards, an annual celebration of the best in queer youth leadership, community advocates, queer and ally partners all over Vermont! Know someone worthy of getting recognized for their fierce queer activism? Nominate them today! The Outright Awards is scheduled for April 10th! Tickets will be on sale soon!
Queer Youth (only) Award Categories:
Camp Outright Camper of the Year- This award(s) honors an outstanding participant from our annual Camp Outright. Winners of this award stand out for their leadership and community building which helped to make the camp experience positive for everyone around them.
Student Activist – [Middle/High School] - This award(s) recognizes a Vermont middle and/or high school student(s) who has been active in their school and community as an advocate and/or ally and has made a positive impact in the lives of queer youth in their school. Students at any school in Vermont are eligible for this award regardless of whether they have been directly associated with Outright Vermont’s programs and services.
Student Activist – [College Student of the Year] - This award(s) is presented to an outstanding Vermont college student who has demonstrated a leadership role in improving the climate for queer students on their campus. Recipients have demonstrated how to be a positive role model for younger queer youth and created change by “making it better” for future generations of students on their campus..
Outright Youth Community Award- This award(s) will recognize a youth who is actively engaged in Outright’s programming and youth space, setting the example for how other youth can create intentional and safe, healthy, and supportive queer youth space.
Additional Awards (adults or youth eligible) for:
Vermont QSA of the Year- QSA of the Year will be presented in recognition of an active Queer-Straight Alliance that has organized events, collaborations, and created safe space in their school that has improved the climate for queer students and allies in a Vermont Middle or High School.
Outstanding Outright Alumni- Recognizes excellence as a community leader (no matter the social justice cause), by a former Outright Vermont youth. Winners of this award demonstrate how to live Outright VT’s mission and values as you age into the older queer community, while inspiring others to become involved in social justice causes!
Lifetime Queer Youth Advocate Award- Those nominated for this award have fiercely kept the well-being of queer youth in the forefront of their community work for a prolonged part of their personal and/or professional life in Vermont. This work specifically has involved upholding the Outright Vermont mission of safety, advocacy, and celebration of queer youth, at the local, state, or national level.
Outstanding Outright Volunteer- The prestigious title of Volunteer of the Year will be awarded to an outstanding Outright Vermont volunteer who has given personal time and/or resources to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission while inspiring others to do the same. Potential winners of this award could come from our vast facilitators, Board members, and event volunteers crews.
Outstanding Camp Outright Volunteer - The Outstanding Camp Outright Volunteer will be awarded to a Camp Outright volunteer that has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the program and to the needs of youth and gone above and beyond to ensure the success of Camp.
The Bill Lippert Award- Bill Lippert is a long-time Vermont queer rights activist, founder and former Director of the Samara Fund, and one of the handful of brave souls who established Outright Vermont in 1989. Lippert currently serves in the Vermont House of Representatives, representing Hinesburg, VT.
This award is presented to a community leader who has advocated, celebrated, and/or lead a community effort to truly make it better for queer youth in Vermont within the last year. Past award winners have sought to establish funding for queer youth support, supported family members so they can support their queer youth, and have mentored youth in a variety of community leadership roles.
Lil Venner Award - Lil Venner is the founder and long-time leader of the Champlain Valley chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Lil has served as a support person, mentor, surrogate parent, and fierce advocate for the queer youth community. The Lil Venner award will be presented to one family member ally– chosen or blood – who consistently shows unconditional love and support to the queer identified youth in their life.
Outstanding Educator – Honors an exceptional administrator, teacher, QSA advisor, or other school professional who has taken a stand for queer youth within their school here in Vermont.
*****Please do not nominate Outright Vermont staff for awards. This night of celebration is for us (Outright VT staff) to honor you and the many amazing Vermonters in helping us create a better, and safer place for our youth to be.
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