2022 Strengthening Democracy Awards: Nominations open!

Through May 6, Civic Nebraska is seeking nominations of everyday citizens whose daily acts fortify our democracy. Winners will be honored on June 9.


Dear friends,

Later this spring, Civic Nebraska will honor Nebraskans whose acts build a more modern and robust democracy. Our annual Strengthening Democracy Awards celebration is a time to highlight the work of everyday people – and here’s how you can nominate someone! 
Through May 6, Civic Nebraska is accepting nominations for awards in five categories. The winners will be recognized at a special celebration 5:30 p.m. on June 9 at DelRay 817 in Lincoln.
The categories are:
Community Builder
A Nebraskan who connects others, creates collaborations or builds coalitions toward a shared community goal or issue. This Nebraskan embodies the notion that we are all better off when we are all better off, and that our communities are strongest when we all take ownership.
Civic Catalyst
A Nebraskan who embraces transformative ideas and puts them into action on behalf of democracy. This Nebraskan imagines new possibilities today so we can implement change tomorrow. Civic Catalysts innovate to create connections, power collaborations, and fortify the common good.
Champion of Learning
A Nebraskan who builds a more informed and engaged democracy, and who advances learning as an act of civic engagement. This Nebraskan exemplifies the notion that learning – in all forms – strengthens our community.
Young Civic Leader
A Nebraskan under 20 who is not waiting to make an impact. This Nebraskan believes that democracy matters, knows that people of all ages can make an impact, and is optimistic about our shared future.
Voting Rights Guardian
A Nebraskan who leads change in their community by connecting others to the power of voting. This Nebraskan spreads faith in our elections, stands up and speaks out, and/or volunteers in defense of all Nebraskans’ right to cast ballots without unnecessary barriers.
To nominate a Nebraskan, please go here. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CDT May 6, and this year’s honorees will be announced the week of May 16.
This year’s celebration will include a program that includes performances from Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason and Zedeka Poindexter, an Omaha slam poetry champion and poet-in-residence at the UNION for Contemporary Art. 
To register to attend the 2022 Strengthening Democracy Awards, click here.
Thank you for all that you do!
Adam Morfeld
Executive Director
Civic Nebraska

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