The Detroit Zoological Society’s Humane Youth Award recognizes young people who embody the Berman Academy for Humane Education’s commitment to walking softly and treating the Earth’s creatures gently. At the same time, it provides them opportunities and resources to continue their great work and inspire others to do the same.
Nominations are open through May 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
Award recipients will be invited to Humane Youth Day at the Detroit Zoo or Belle Isle Nature Center. At the event, they will be recognized for their achievements and receive a tour, lunch, presentation, and Humane Youth Award t-shirt. They will also be recognized on the DZS’s social media pages.
Henry Plummer, a 10-year-old animal advocate from Negaunee, Michigan, is our first Detroit Zoological Society Humane Youth Award winner. Henry was nominated for the award by staff at SASHA Farm, a sanctuary and safe haven for farm animals in Manchester, Michigan. They were so impressed by Henry’s commitment to protecting wildlife and engaging his community to join his efforts, which included a birthday fundraising campaign for SASHA Farm.
In addition to his support for SASHA Farm, Henry maintains a vegan lifestyle, engages his friends in animal advocacy and raises money for animal welfare organizations. He is helping people help animals, which is the mission of the DZS’s Berman Academy for Humane Education, as well as this inaugural award. The DZS, along with many of Henry’s references, see so much potential in him, and know that he will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of animals in the future.