Share the great work that your League has done during the past biennium (July 2012 – June 2014) by applying for a Convention award. All applications should be made using the online form (see below). All applications are due on March 1.
Finalists will be selected in each category and announced on www.lwv.org. Once all the forms have been received, LWVUS will review and pick out the top contenders. These top contenders will then be featured on our website, twitter and Facebook pages so that other Leagues can vote/like/re-tweet these great projects. You will be able to vote for your favorite projects and the winners will be announced at Convention 2014 in Dallas.
Power: Our Voices, Our Votes Awards will reflect the Leagues’ work to strengthen our democracy, including protecting the right to vote and advocating for change.
The categories for this year's awards are:
Effective Member Engagement and Recruitment —This category is for democracy-building programs and activities that are innovative and have been successful in gaining visibility and recruiting new members. For example, a program in this category might include a multi-site voter registration effort that not only engaged new and current members, but provided a presence for your League in a new community.
Strengthening Democracy—This category is to showcase the work of Leagues that activate their grassroots network to promote change around key issues such as clean air, climate change, protecting voting rights, and youth voting.
High Impact Visibility—Citizens are relying more and more on the Internet to give them up-to-date information about important issues. Awardees in this category effectively use a broad range of communications platforms (online and mainstream) to reach voters, potential members, media and the public on national and local issues.
Community Connection—This category aims to see how Leagues highlight issues that affect their local community and engage others (especially underrepresented communities including young people, low income Americans and new citizens) to become civically involved. One example might include working with university students or other community groups to offer training on how to facilitate a public meeting or debate around an issue of local concern.