General Information

Who is your Champion?

Is it a teacher or librarian who finds innovative and challenging ways to engage every student?

Is it a cafeteria worker or crossing guard who provides each child with a bit of encouragement?

Is it a volunteer or coach who selflessly gives their time to support and mentor youth?

We all know someone like this.

Champions use their personal time, resources, and talents to support learning and inspire youth. These are the adults who our youth remember for pulling them out of rough situations, pushing them to do better, and inspiring them to keep going. These are people you may strive to be like, inspiring you to give more of yourself to the children in your life.

We all need people in our lives who care about us, and inspire us to be the best we can be. Champions of Learning is a collaboration between the Consortium for Public Education and United Way’s Be There Campaign, that recognizes adults in western Pennsylvania who go above and beyond to create opportunities and motivate students to meet their greatest potential.

Help us celebrate the adults that inspire our children.

Nomination Deadline: FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019

Eligibility: Individuals who work with and/or support youth in western Pennsylvania.

Submit no more than what is requested in the application.

Only nominations submitted through this online form and received by the deadline date will be considered.

It is strongly recommended that nominations are not a "surprise" to the nominee. Rather, it is suggested that nominations be made with the knowledge and assistance of the nominee creating a more complete and detailed application.

Community members and staff from the Consortium for Public Education and the United Way of Southwestern PA will serve as the selection committee for the awards. Awards may or may not be given in each of the nomination categories.

Finalists from the awarded categories will be announced in February 2019. The winners will be announced at the Champions of Learning Awards Event:

Thursday, May 2, 2019
University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall - Connolly Ballroom
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
Ticket sales begin in January 2019

Champions of Learning finalists are expected to:
• Attend the awards event
• Provide a list of invitees (with contact information)
• Submit digital photos for the program/presentation
• Write a statement about themselves and their work in championing learning

In addition, each finalist should be prepared to make a two-minute speech should he/she be announced as an award recipient.

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