Nominations are due by August 23, 2019

The nomination process for recipients of the Emerging Leader Award, presented by the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice, is now open. This award celebrates young people who are currently, or were previously, involved in the juvenile justice system in Utah and who are making strides toward positive outcomes for themselves, their families, and their communities. An Emerging Leader exemplifies the importance of the rehabilitative focus of the juvenile justice system as well as the power of personal achievement.
Award recipients will be recognized at Learn Their Truth: Elevating Youth Voice in Utah's Justice System on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan, Utah. Nominations are encouraged from across the state. Travel expenses for award recipients and nominators who would be traveling from more that 50 miles away from West Jordan can be covered- following the State's travel reimbursement policies.

Nomination Criteria:
  • Youth or young adult (under 28 years old) currently or previously involved in the juvenile justice system in Utah
    • Note: If the nominee is under 18 years old as of August 30, 2019, permission to receive award and participate in the recognition ceremony will be required from a legal guardian. If nominee is selected, Juvenile Justice Services will work with the nominator to obtain required consent.
  • Has demonstrated significant growth during or since their time in the system
    • Examples: successful transition to a lower level of care, improved academic performance, professional accomplishments, personal awareness and kindness in relationships
  • Has shown potential for leadership through current engagement in school, family, and/or community activities
    • Examples: has become engaged in school government, is a role model for younger people, has initiated projects that serve the community