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Power of Children Awards

Power of Children Awards

Will You Nominate a Young Person Who is Changing the World?

On Friday, November 12th, 2021, the 17th Annual Power of Children Awards will recognize extraordinary young service leaders from around the country who are making significant contributions to their communities and the world through service initiatives they created.

If you know a young person in grades 6-11 who meets the criteria, please nominate them to be considered for this national award of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The online application period opens Monday, March 1, 2021 and closes Saturday, May 15, 2021! Download the flier below for information about the Awards and participation criteria.

What Each POCA Winner Receives:

  • $2,500 grant for their service initiative
  • Partial four-year College Scholarship to one of three Indiana universities
  • Recognition in The Power of Children: Making a Difference® exhibit
  • Recognition during Awards event at The Children's Museum on Friday evening, November 12, 2021. [*Based on health and safety restrictions due to Covid-19.]

How to Nominate a Youth for the POC Award

Nominations can be submitted ONLY online through the AwardSpring application site

To be considered, a complete application must include:

  • The Adult Nominator form
  • The Parent/Guardian permission form
  • The Youth Nominee form

The Nominator and Nominee forms each contain general questions and four essay questions. For information about the four essays, download the flier here.

Essays and other information submitted through the forms will be reviewed and used for scoring of the nomination by the Power of Children Awards Adjudication Committee.

Rules for Participation

For Youth:

    • Youth must be nominated by an adult.
  • Only individual youth, not groups, are eligible for nomination.
  • Only one nomination per youth will be accepted.
  • Must be enrolled in Grades 6-11 during the 2020–2021 school year.
  • Must have participated in their project, program or organization during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • If under age of 18, must have parent/guardian permission before beginning the application.

For Adult Nominators:

  • Nominators must be 21 years of age or older and not a relative of the youth.
  • Must complete the application using their own words and insights.
  • May nominate more than one youth.

For Parents or Guardians:

  • Must provide permission for their youth to complete their nomination form and participate in the nomination process.
  • Must certify that, if their youth is selected as an awardee, they will attend the awards event at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 UNLESS the Museum determines to hold the event virtually based on COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Completed nominations must be submitted online at childrensmuseum.org/AwardSpring no later than Midnight (11:59 PM EST) on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

For questions about the event and program, please contact 

Luana Nissan, Program Manager
The Power of Children Awards

For event sponsorship opportunities, please contact  

Allen McClendon, Corporate Partnership Manager

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2020 Sponsors

Supporting Sponsor
Symposium Sponsor
Awardee Video Sponsors
Scholarship Sponsors