Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award

2018 Samuel Halperin Youth Public Service Award Application

Since 2015, The Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award has recognized young people who demonstrate the spirit of and commitment to public service and who have faced and overcome barriers and challenges to success. The lecture and youth award serves as an ongoing tribute to our founder, Sam Halperin, who dedicated his life and career to improving youth education, workforce, and policy outcomes. Sam also helped to personally mentor many youth and young adults in their careers in public service, and through this award, we hope to honor and continue his work.

How to Apply

Who Is Eligible: DC residents, ages 18 – 24, who are enrolled in school, postsecondary education, workforce development, or an alternative education and training program.

Applicants must submit an essay on the following:

Topic of the Essay: How do you think education, public service, and community engagement improve the health and growth of a community?  In what ways have you been able to strengthen, enrich, and invest in your community through education and service? What specific, positive changes have come about in your own life as a result of your commitment to prioritizing service to your community? How will you carry this impact forward? What steps have you taken to position yourself for a continued investment or career in public service?

Include a paragraph with personal information about your background and qualities, any youth programs with which you are or have been involved as a participant, and any information that you would like to share with the judges.

Essay Format: Response must be typed, double-spaced, size 12 standard font, 1” margins, MS Word Document. Recommended length: 750-1,000 words

How to Apply: Complete an AYPF designated cover sheet (click here to download) and upload your essay and contact information to:

Applications are due by Friday, February 9, 2018, at 5:00pm

Review of Applications: February 12 – 27, 2018

Notification of Award Winner: February 28, 2018

Award Presentation: The winner of the award is expected to attend and read their essay at the Samuel Halperin Lecture on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:45am – 10:45am at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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