The City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission Youth Human Rights Awards.

This annual event recognizes the contributions of youth who have helped to advance human rights causes locally or globally.       

To view the Ceremony from 2022 visit this link

Examples of award-worthy activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting money for a Human Rights-related organization/cause
  • Organizing a Human Rights-related activity
  • Collecting food/clothing/personal hygiene items for local or national organizations

Awards criteria

Since the City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission hopes to recognize the creativity and uniqueness of our youth, we ask that students not be nominated for participation in-class activities or pre-organized events. However, any additional activity that comes as a result of a class activity or pre-organized event would be a welcome nomination.

To keep our awards timely, we also ask that nominations be limited to events or activities that have occurred since June 2022.

Students previously recognized by the Human Rights Commission are eligible, as long as they are nominated for a different and current activity. If you are nominating youth for participation in connection with a service agency, a letter on agency letterhead, dated and signed by the agency's director must accompany the nomination form. Youth Award nomination forms are available at

All nominations must be received by Friday, April 7, 2023, at 5 p.m. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Recipients will be recognized during the Youth Human Rights Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 328 S. Clinton St. A reception will take place at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Mayor Bruce Teague will deliver brief remarks and recipients will be presented with a certificate of appreciation.

For more information, contact Human Rights Coordinator Stefanie Bowers at 319-356-5022 or email