Outstanding Youth Environmental Leadership Award

Recognizes the exceptional contributions made by a young person (age 14-23) to his/her community in environmental education. The award recipient must demonstrate outstanding leadership in the creation and implementation of an original program and/or provide exemplary leadership and service to an existing environmental organization or school-based environmental education program. Self-nomination or by peers/supervisor accepted.

Nomination Criteria

Outstanding Leadership: Nominee played a significant leadership role in creation, organization, and/or implementation of a new or existing environmental education program, stewardship project, school program, and/or environmental community engagement campaign. 

Innovative Approach: Nominee approach is innovative, unique, creative, inclusive, relevant and action oriented. The nominee will inspire others to adopt their innovative approaches.

Impact: The nominee’s contributions and impact on its audience/community is noteworthy and nominee can demonstrate evidence of impact. Nominee’s work could be replicated by others.

Commitment to Environmental Education: The nominee is future-minded and committed to continuing and expanding their work to advance environmental education and/or literacy.

Click here for the awards criteria scoring form used by reviewers

Nomination Materials

STEP 1: Online Nomination Entry Form

STEP 2: Nomination Narrative: Please submit a word document via email (no PDF) that is no longer than 2 pages with 11 point font that includes the following items. These are specific instructions for the Outstanding Youth Environmental Leadership Award category. In the top right corner of each page, please type the following: Nominee Name-Youth Award.  Address each of the following and include specific examples.

  • How is the nominee committed to environmental education and how does he/she inspire others to make a difference in their community with regards to local environmental issues?

  • How has the nominee demonstrated innovation and creativity in the field of environmental education, stewardship, conservation, outdoor leadership, and/or community engagement?

  • How has the nominee’s audience/learners/community benefitted from his/her work? What impact has the nominee and his/her work had on other’s understanding of environmental issues, stewardship, conservation and/or outdoor leadership?

STEP 3: Program Photographs: Submit three high-resolution photographs depicting the nominee (required).  (300 dpi or higher- JPEG, GIF, PNG format).  Images embedded in a PDF or word document will not be accepted.

STEP 4: Organization Logo: Submit a high resolution logo of the nominee's organization (required).  300 dpi or higher- JPEG, GIF, PNG format).  Images embedded in a PDF or word document will not be accepted.

STEP 5: Digital Support (OPTIONAL): If you would like, please submit one of the following: a 3-minute video/audio clip, 5 PowerPoint slides (please save as a PDF and send), an article, OR a digital slideshow with no more than 10 photos highlighting the nominee. Digital item is supplemental and should NOT be a substitute for required nomination information. (encouragedbut not required)

STEP 6: Support Letter(s) (OPTIONAL): If you chose, you may provide up to two letters of support from those impacted by the nominee’s work. 

Note: Due to the size of photos, logos and digital support, please share these items through a file sharing program such as dropbox, google drive, etc. in the case that the file size is larger than 10MB.

Submitting your Nomination


The nomination will be evaluated on the information you provide and its completeness, legibility, and clarity.

In the email subject line, please type the nominee's name and the award nominating for.

Please name each material with your information as follows: Nominee Name-Youth Award-Material Type (materials type examples: Narrative; Photo 1; Logo, Digital Support, etc.)

Photo Release: Any photos or other digial media submitted may be edited, copied, published, and distributed in CAEE communications and publications. Therefore you should have photo releases on file for any children pictured and permission to share those photos.

CAEE works to ensure everyone in Colorado has an opportunity to learn about the environment where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.

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