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Power of Children Awards

The Power of Children AwardsThe Power of Children Awards is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To date, 44 winners from 31 cities have raised millions of dollars and impacted thousands of live around the world. Will you be the next to be recognized? Apply today!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is seeking to nurture and recognize individual youth in grades 6-11, as role models who exemplify an extraordinary commitment to public service and social responsibility. Nominations will not be accepted from individuals in a group for group projects.


The Power of Children

The Children’s Museum recognizes youth that make significant contributions and create important projects to benefit others. The Power of Children Awards (POCA) were created in 2005 to align with the mission of The Children’s Museum. The awards were inspired by the museum’s influential permanent exhibit, The Power of Children: Making a Difference, which features three extraordinary children who touched the world in unique ways: Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White.

Each award recipient will receive the following:

  • A $2,000 grant to continue his or her extraordinary work.
  • A four-year post-secondary scholarship to a participating institution of higher learning.
  • Recognition in the museum’s The Power of Children exhibit for at least one year. This includes a video interview about their service project.
  • Honor and recognition during a special awards event on Nov. 7, 2014, at The Children's Museum.

Congratulations to the 2013 Power of Children Award Winners!

  • Alexandra Skinner
    Project: After School Art Program
  • Madeline Cumbey
    Project: SMART2bfit
  • Maria Keller
    Project: Read Indeed
  • Christopher Yao
    Project: Kids Change the World
  • Makenzie Smith
    Project: Makenzie's Coat Closet
  • Charles Orgbon III
    Project: Greening Forward

The 2013 recipients received their awards during a ceremony on November 1, 2013.

Presented by

Deborah Joy Simon Charitable Trust

Supported by

IUPUI WISHTV 8Kroger University of Indianapolis

Butler University