2018 Award Criteria

For your nomination, please provide specific examples that demonstrate how your nominee has impacted our community in any or all of the following ways:

  • Changed another’s life through the power of literacy
  • Created works that are representative of a desire to promote learning and knowledge through the power of literacy
  • Created innovative educational programs related to promoting literacy
  • Motivated groups to support the cause of literacy
  • Demonstrated dedication to excellence in a cause benefiting education and learning
  • Developed a program or another literacy service that benefits the community
  • Participated in an action of extraordinary kindness, courage or selflessness within our community
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    2018 Award Recognition Categories

    Student Award (an individual enrolled in formal instruction and not more than 22 years old)
    An individual or group whose actions demonstrate leadership and a commitment to community. Examples include reading to young students, tutoring, working with struggling students, working to provide books, computers or other education tools to disadvantaged students, or similar community-minded, literacy-based activities..

    Adult Award (an individual over 18 years of age)
    An individual whose actions demonstrate leadership and a passion for literacy in our community. Examples include instructing new readers, working with struggling students, working to provide books, computers or other education tools to disadvantaged individuals, providing free financial, computer or health literacy, writing new books or similar community-minded, literacy-based activities.

    Educator (an individual who works in the education profession with students from birth through the 12th grade)
    An individual whose actions demonstrate a passion for literacy in education. Examples include innovated ways to engage new readers, working with struggling students, working to provide books, computers or other education tools to disadvantaged students and their families, working with new literacies (financial, computer, family-based or health literacy) and similar community-minded, literacy-based activities.

    Higher Education (an individual who works, or teaches formal, post-high school instruction)
    An individual whose actions demonstrate a passion for literacy in post-high school education or training. Examples include innovated ways to engage struggling readers, working to provide books, computers or other education tools to disadvantaged students, working with new literacies (financial, computer, family-based or health literacy), providing economic-based literacy services (job searches, resume writing) and similar community-minded activities

    Organization Award (profit or non-profit organization)
    Presented to a local business or organization in recognition of that company’s efforts to improve the literacy of our community. Examples include support of literacy focused programs or initiatives (reading, computer, financial, health or economic literacies), providing time for employees to engage the community in support of these literacies, or providing financial support for organizations in our community who make literacies more accessible.

    Due to the particular impact on the overall well-being of members in our community, the Light of Literacy Awards includes two additional, specialized, award recognition categories

    Financial Literacy
    Presented to an individual or organization whose actions demonstrate a dedication to providing and promoting effective financial education, and helping people make better financial decisions. Examples include: direct teaching in schools or community centers, leading “train-the-trainer” events for human service providers, creating in-school programming, publishing research that identifies best practices, and influential media outreach.

    Health Literacy
    Presented to an individual or organization whose actions demonstrate a dedication to improving an individual’s ability to understand information and services impacting their physical and mental health. Examples include: creating direct educational material, or readily accessible and understandable information tools (print, video, computer application) for adults or youth; designing innovative communication tools for health care providers; and influential media outreach.