The Champion Awards are given to those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of refugee resettlement and the betterment of refugees’ lives in Idaho. Champion Awards honor those who:
Have made outstanding contributions that aid refugees in Idaho
Dedicate time and energy to making sure everyone in Idaho feels welcome and supported
Enhance appreciation of refugee resettlement efforts and the opportunities and responsibilities that they represent
Eligible Nominees: Any individual in Idaho who fits the above principles. Nominees do not have to work in refugee resettlement, they could be elected officials, volunteers, public or private sector employees, or individuals dedicated to serving and supporting the community. We strongly encourage nomination of individuals who arrived as refugees who are doing exemplary work in improving the lives of Idaho's refugee community.
Guiding Principles Nominees must have verifiable achievement in contributing to the betterment of refugee resettlement and of refugees’ lives as reflected by one or more of the following:
Demonstrated positive community involvement that improves the lives, relationships, and diversity of Idaho
Notable contributions to improving practices, equal access, or customs to better welcome, include, or serve refugees
Influencing laws or policies that advance refugee rescue and resettlement
Major accomplishments in working with groups, such as single parents, youth, or elders
Has created businesses and jobs
Brings new ideas, best practices, programs, and initiatives that greatly improve our community
*We have merged the Refugee Success & Integration Award with the Champion Award this year. We feel everyone who has received both of these awards over the years are champions, and one single category better honors and represents this.