Changemakers Event Award Descriptions and Criteria
A.K. Guy Award
Presented to individuals, couples, families, or groups 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.
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 the 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 Award are ineligible.
Judge Charles V. and Lazelle Johnson Excellence in Social Justice Award
Presented to an individual, couples, families, or groups 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.
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 and 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.
STAY ENGAGED WITH THE Y
Volunteering can be fun and fulfilling. Benefits include: improving mood, decreasing stress, exploring passions, and gaining new skills. Whatever your reasons for volunteering, it’s good for your mind and your body, and strengthens our communities.
More Ways to Give
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Many hands help community at the Y, from staff who counsel youth experiencing homelessness, and volunteers who help give out meals, to donors who empower the Y to reach more people in need. Learn more about your impact as a Y supporter.