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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 2017 the museum celebrated the 13th anniversary of The Power of Children Awards at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. We highlighted 6 extraordinary new winners to join the 60 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 application period will open on February 28, 2018 and close at Midnight on April 15, 2018. If you know of a youth who should be nominated or, if you are a youth with a project, please go to childrensmuseum.org/poca-apply.

Each award recipient receives:

  • a $2,000 grant 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


Presented by

Deborah Joy Simon Charitable Trust

Supported by

IUPUIKroger University of IndianapolisButler UniversityState AutoGeicoPWC