The A.K. Awards Event: Celebrating Changemakers in Communities - Award Descriptions and Criteria

 

In 2022, the A.K. Guy Award will expand to five awards. Nominations are now open. Nominate an exceptional leader, neighbor, friend, or well, anyone who should be celebrated. 

 

A.K. Guy Award

Presented to individuals, couples, or families who exemplify the ideals of the late Albert K. Guy through their outstanding volunteer service and dedication to social responsibility and equity and justice for all. 

Nominee Criteria: 

  • Recognition for a lifetime of dedicated and continuous volunteerism over a span of many years or decades. The honoree’s service to community offers a model for others to emulate and is rooted in first-hand volunteer contributions and not philanthropic giving. 

  • Nominated work for recognition that is specifically aligned with a political party, partisan organization, or activity is ineligible for this award. 

  • The volunteer contributions of the honoree(s) are clearly above and beyond duties and obligations of their professional role and employment with for-profit, non-profit, grassroots, or any other types of organizations. 

  • The volunteer work of the honoree(s) exemplifies the core values of the Y: Respect, Caring, Honesty, Responsibility, and Passion for Excellence. 

  • Individuals or groups that have previously been awarded an A.K. Guy are ineligible. 

 

Everyday Hero Award

Presented across three categories to celebrate and applaud individuals who exemplify community service, work that promotes the values of respect, care, honesty, responsibility, and a passion for excellence, and make contributions to their community towards social and economic equality.  

Award Categories: 

  1. Youth: Ages 6 to 17 

  1. Young Adult: Ages 18 to 26 

  1. Adult: Ages 27+ 

Nominee Criteria: 

  • An individual who has led or participated in a public service project or initiative for the betterment of others, neighborhoods, and community, and inspires others to engage in volunteerism and community service through their work. 

  • The honoree’s service to community offers a model for others to emulate and is rooted in first-hand volunteer contributions and not philanthropic giving. 

  • The volunteer contributions of the honoree are clearly above and beyond the expected duties and obligations among their peers. 

  • Nominated work for recognition that is specifically aligned with a political party, partisan organization, or activity is ineligible for this award.  

  • Individuals or groups that have previously been awarded an Everyday Hero Award are ineligible. 

  • The volunteer work of the honoree(s) exemplifies the core values of the Y: Respect, Caring, Honesty, Responsibility, and Passion for Excellence. 

 

Judge Charles V. and Lazelle Johnson Excellence in Social Justice Award

Presented to an individual, couples, or families who exemplify the ideals of Seattle civil-rights pioneers Charles V. and Lazelle Johnson through their advancement of equity and social justice in one or more of the following areas: community development, children and youth, education, health, environment, legal, economic development, and/or government. 

Nominee Criteria: 

  • An individual who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to intersectional pro-equity and social justice practices that have resulted in removing institutional and systemic barriers, reduced impacts of systemic oppression and racism. 

  • An individual who has led or participated in initiatives for the betterment of others, and inspires others to engage in pro-equity and social justice work in their communities. 

  • An individual who has made a significant impact on community and through their work exemplifies the core values of the Y: Respect, Caring, Honesty, Responsibility, and Passion for Excellence. 

  • Individuals or groups that have previously been awarded a Judge Charles V. and Lazelle Johnson Excellence in Social Justice Award are ineligible. 

 

 

 

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