Before submitting a nomination please take a look at the Social Justice Activist of the Year nomination checklist below

A completed Social Justice Activist of the Year nomination submission may include the following items:

  • A detailed description of activism (required)
    • Up to 4 pages double-spaced or 2 pages single-spaced
  • A nominee personal bio and statement (required)
    • Up to 2 pages double spaced or 1 page single spaced
  • Nominee photo (required)
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)
    • Up to 3, must typewritten unless submitted by a student
  • Additional supporting materials (optional)
    • News clippings, flyers, resume, etc.

View the complete eligibility and nomination guidelines here

Nominations have now closed. Voting will begin soon at EdVotes.org/2017sja

  • Bully-Free

    Student bullying occurs once every seven minutes. In schools across America, one in three students report being bullied weekly.
  • English Language Learners

    Over 400 languages are spoken by students who are English Language Learners nationwide . These ELL students bring a rich cultural diversity to our student populations.
  • Immigration

    A pragmatic approach to immigration is critical for our students –the center of our communities. All students should have the opportunity to learn without the fear and distress that result from unfair immigration policies.
  • LGBTQ

    LGTBQ students face unique challenges in our schools. They are more likely to face bullying and harassment leading to poor grades, higher dropout rates and homelessness. Safe and affirming schools are a core element of student success.
  • Voting Rights

    States across the country have passed measures to make it harder for Americans—particularly people of color, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities—to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot.
  • Opportunity

    A student’s chances for success should not depend on living in the right zip code, winning a charter lottery, or affording private school. Our schools belong to all of us.
  • Racial Justice

    Our education system while intended to uphold equal opportunity, often also entrenches disparities by its sheer design.
  • Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

    Zero tolerance and other school discipline policies designed to push kids out of the classroom often lead students into the criminal justice system at unprecedented rates. Too many students are lost to our communities this way.