Youth Leadership Award

 Lawrence Township League of Women Voters

                 Kicks off 2022 Leadership Award Search

The League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township (LWVLT), part of the national and state League of Women Voters organization, is pleased to offer its Annual Youth Leadership Award for 2022. The LWVLT will award up to $2,000 to a student or students who exemplify civic leadership in their community. The Lawrence LWV primarily serves Lawrence, Trenton, and Ewing with voter education and voter services. High school students from these three districts are eligible to be considered.
 
The Lawrence League of Women Voters invites graduating high school seniors to highlight how they have demonstrated civic leadership in their community. The League will present one or more awards in late May 2022. Application requirements are intentionally broad and open to all high school seniors engaged in any form of civic action.
 
Submissions are due by May 15, 2022. To be considered, please submit THIS FORM or email LWVofLawrence@gmail.com with either a one-page essay, a one-minute video, or any other creative work. Application form: https://forms.gle/VXcdAJocBVXavzg26
 
“We are looking forward to presenting our youth leadership award again this year. Thanks to the generosity of our members and community, we are able to award $2,000 in 2022. The pandemic has put unimaginable stress on students everywhere, yet we continue to be impressed by the leadership and civic action taken by students for their communities," says LWVLT Co-chair Katharine Schumacher.
 
"Our goal is to celebrate the youth leaders in our communities who are stepping up to lead their peers under very difficult circumstances. The League is here to support, applaud, and promote our next generation of civic leaders. If there are members of the community who want to support this scholarship fund: ANYONE can make a tax-deductible contribution to the LWVLT Youth Leadership Award fund. All proceeds go directly to the students.” For online giving: https://www.lwvlt.org/donate-1
 
The League of Women Voters Education Fund works to register voters, provide voters with election information through voter guides as well as candidate forums and debates.
 
For more information visit www.lwvlt.org or contact LWVofLawrence@gmail.com
 

You can make a donation to support our Youth Leadership Award Fund and the LWV of Lawrence Township by donating to its Award Fund at any time. You may a check or donate online. If you have any questions, please let us answer them for you. 
 
If you wish your donation to be tax deductible,
please make your check payable to the LWV-LT Education Fund.
Donations may also be mailed: 
LWVLT Treasurer
32 Pineknoll Drive
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

 2021 LWVLT Youth Leadership Awards 

 Hadi Raza
(Senior Lawrence High)

  Noelia Martinez
(Senior Trenton Central High)

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Noelia was present to describe her Covid 19 Billboard Public Education campaign in Trenton. Watch her video HERE.
Hadi submitted a video describing his holiday fundraising project for young victims of domestic abuse with the International Lions Club at LHS.

 2020 LWVLT Youth Leadership Award 
Hope Perry

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The Lawrence League of Women Voters is thrilled to announce that our 2020 LWVLT Youth Leadership Award was awarded to Hope Perry, graduating senior of Lawrence High School. Hope was introduced by last year's award winner, Maura Freeland. Hope, who received a LWVLT check for $750 toward her college education, gave an overview of her award-winning work on NJ legislation mandating civics education in our public schools. Earlier this year, Hope worked with Senator Shirley Turner on senate bills S854 & S237, and testified in support of the combined bill (along with LWVLT member Marcia Steinberg) before the Senate Education Committee. Hope also introduced us to an informational website for young New Jersey voters that she is currently developing.

 

2019 LWVLT Youth Leadership Award winners
Maura Freeland & Cassidy Stoneback

The Lawrence League of Women Voters is thrilled to announce that our 2019 LWVLT Youth Leadership Awards were given to two Lawrence High School seniors who have excelled in raising their fellow students' awareness of the importance of voting, as well as educating and registering new teenaged voters. Over the course of their Junior and Senior years, Maura and Cassidy registered 185 new student voters at three voter registration drives at Lawrence HS in June and September 2018, and April 2019.

 

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Our 2019 Youth Leadership Awards go to Maura Freeland (left) Nicole Plett (Chair of LWVLT) and Cassidy Stoneback (right)
of Lawrence HS.

 

In December 2018, Maura and Cassidy were awarded a $500 grant from the national LWV Educational Fund for its Youth Voter Registration project. This project is designed to "engage high school, community college, and/or vocational school students in the electoral process, and to mitigate the widespread disparities in youth voting among African Americans, Latinos, and young people with no college experience." The registration locations were: Lawrence HSl, the East Trenton Collaborative Spring Street Fair, MCCC James Kerney Campus, Trenton Central HS, and the STEM Civics Charter HS in Ewing and yielded 157 new student voter registrations in Mercer County.
We are delighted to learn that Maura will attend Rowan University as part of the Honors College with a major in political science. Cassidy will enter the honors program at American University in Washington, DC next fall, majoring in CLEG (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government). We send them both our best wishes for the future!
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LWVLT Board Member Jane DeLung with Lawrence League of Women Voters Youth Leadership Award winner, Nelle Evans.

2017 LWVLT
Youth Leadership Award

Ellen (Nelle) Evans 

In 2017, the award of $750 went to Lawrence High School senior Ellen (Nelle) Evans, pictured here with LWVLT board member Jane DeLung. Ms. Evans’ civic activities included organizing projects for HomeFront, the Boys & Girls Club, children with muscular dystrophy, and four mission trips to Honduras. She is currently attending Moravian College, studying nursing and global healthcare.
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