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Power of Children Awards

Power of Children Awards

The Children’s Museum recognizes youths 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.

In 2018 the museum celebrated the 14th anniversary of The Power of Children Awards at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. We highlighted 6 extraordinary new winners to join the 66 past winners whose project topics range from local to global service. The 66 winners are from 45 cities, 15 states and 54 schools.

The 2018 award online application period is currently closed. Applications for 2019 will re-open in February of 2019.

Each award recipient receives:

  • a $2,000 grant from the Kroger Foundation to continue his or her extraordinary project.
  • a partial 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.
  • honor and recognition during a special awards event at The Children's Museum on Friday evening, November 9, 2018 and at The Power of Children Symposium on Saturday, November 10, 2018

If you would like to purchase a ticket for this year's awards dinner, please go here. If you would like more information about the free Power of Children Symposium, please visit the website or call 317-334-4140.

Presented by

Deborah Joy Simon Charitable Trust

Welcome Reception Sponsor

State Auto

Main Stage Sponsor


Winner Recognition Video Sponsors


Program Sponsors

IUPUIKroger  University of IndianapolisButler University