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D. Susan Wisely "Youth Worker of the Year" Award

The D. Susan Wisely “Youth Worker of the Year” Award will recognize an individual’s extraordinary impact on Indiana’s youth and support his or her continued professional development. The award is provided courtesy of the D. Susan Wisely Leadership Legacy Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

The recipient will be recognized at the Indiana Youth Institute’s KIDS COUNT Conference in November 2018.

Award Details:

  • $2,000 Cash Prize, to be used for the recipient’s professional development
  • Free registration, hotel and travel for recipient and a guest to attend the KIDS COUNT Conference

Eligibility: Nominees must be committed direct-service youth workers who have at least five years of distinctive achievement in service of Indiana youth. 

Nominees must be committed to the following core values:

  • Demonstrates servant leadership
  • Respects differences and diversity and believes in equal opportunities for all
  • Mentors others and engenders trust
  • Possesses integrity and is honest and responsible
  • Demonstrates commitment to results and effective practice

Nominees are free to propose any professional development opportunity and associated expenses, with the exception of IYI events. Proposals need not include a complete budget or brochures – all necessary confirmation and documentation will be obtained from the award recipient after notification.


September 7, 2018 - Nomination Packets Due

October 19, 2018 - Recipient Notified

November 27-28, 2018 - Recipient Recognized at KIDS COUNT Conference in Indianapolis

Nomination Process:

The nomination process may be initiated by either the nominator or the nominee, but both forms must be completed and submitted along with the required supplemental information.

Nominators and nominees may submit their paperwork separately, but please condense submissions to no more than one email or fax per person. Nominations will not be considered unless all paperwork is received by the deadline. Please review the guidelines for a complete nomination checklist.

Counties: Statewide