The City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for its Youth Human Rights Awards.

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

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 area 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 the awards timely, nominations should be limited to events or activities that have occurred since September 2022.

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 here.

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

Recipients will be recognized during the Youth Human Rights Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

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

Date of publication

Friday, February 24, 2023