Detroit Zoological Society Humane Youth Award

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The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) recognizes youth who help animals through an annual Detroit Zoological Society Humane Youth Award. This award celebrates young people who have a positive impact on the lives of animals.

Submit Nomination
Nominations are open through August 1, 2019 11:59 p.m.

  • Nomination Process

    Nominees for the Humane Youth Award will be gathered through an open submission process. Standard nominations as well as self-nominations will be accepted. Nominees must be youth, kindergarten through twelfth grade. There are no restrictions as to where nominees reside.

    All submissions will require a completed application form, which will include a description of the student-led initiative, up to three samples of the project or work (e.g., photos, videos, articles, websites, etc.) and up to three letters of reference.

    Nominations are open through August 1, 2019 11:59 p.m.

  • Selection Process

    As submissions are collected, DZS staff will begin the selection process utilizing a rubric. All projects should be student-led.

    Suggested points of interest for submissions may include how students:

    • Create awareness of animal issues
    • Foster empathy for animals
    • Take action for animals
    • Demonstrate leadership skills
    • Initiate impactful, long-term solutions
    • Include community involvement/reach
    • Developed a unique/innovative idea


    A nomination does not need to include all of the above to be accepted.

    Once the selection process is complete, DZS staff will notify the winners.

  • Categories of Awards

    The DZS will issue two awards:

    • Kindergarten-fifth grade individual
    • Sixth grade-12th grade individual