Know a HERO? Nominate them for our annual “HEROES for Youth” Award!
Each year, National Safe Place and Southwest Airlines honor one individual who has made an extraordinary contribution nationally to the services provided to at-risk youth. The lives and work of individuals recognized as HEROES provides an opportunity to learn about both the important strides that have been made in serving at-risk youth and the challenges still inherent in the field.
HEROES serves as an acronym for individuals who:
H – Hear the voices of at-risk youth
E – Engage in the discussion
R – Respond to the call
O – Observe the need for change and take action
E – Educate and Encourage key stakeholders to make a positive difference
S – Significantly change the lives of at-risk youth for the better
Additionally, award recipients have:
- Developed effective, innovative responses to the needs of youth
- Demonstrated exemplary youth advocacy efforts
- Exhibited broad leadership and commendable service
- Achieved recognizable accomplishments and positively influenced the field of services to youth
Nominations and Selection
Nominations for HEROES may include those active in their career, retired or posthumous. The bulk of nominees’ achievements should have occurred within the past 25 years.
Think broadly as HEROES may include anyone who has effected broad, positive changes in the lives of at-risk youth. HEROES may come from, but are not limited to, the following fields:
- Youth service professionals
- Business, civic and political leaders
- Athletes, artistic and literary figures, and entertainers
- Members of the media
- Academics and researchers
- Members of the medical/public health and legal communities
Self-nominations will not be accepted.
All nominations will be forwarded to an impartial review and selection committee comprised of representatives from national youth-serving organizations and a Southwest Airlines representative. The committee will make the final decision on HEROES selections.
Submission of Nominations
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Mail completed applications to:
National Safe Place
HEROES for Youth Award
2429 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, KY 40217
You may also fax completed applications to:
For questions or additional information, please contact Hillary Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 502-635-3660
The HEROES for Youth award recipients will:
- Be asked to sign a release granting National Safe Place permission to use descriptive material and photos without compensation for the express purpose of promoting recognition of the recipient, the award and the organization.
- Receive an honorary HEROES for Youth award.
- Be profiled on the HEROES for Youth section of the National Safe Place website that details the contributions of award winners.