Juneteenth Resiliency Award

Submission Period is Closed


The Nomination Period is open until the end of the day Friday, May 5, 2023. Nominate young people ages 13-21 who demonstrate courage, resilience and perseverance while remaining dedicated to their dreams and/or service to others in the Black community. 

Past Juneteenth Resiliency Award Winners

2023 Juneteenth Resiliency Award Winners

  1. Elias Anwar
  2. Nayla Bonilla
  3. Isaiah Bumgardner
  4. Keith Green, Jr.
  5. Nuhamin Haile
  6. Racquel Laffittie
  7. Naysa Piper-Fisher

Watch the 2023 Juneteenth Resiliency Awards Recognition


2022 Juneteenth Resiliency Award Winners

  1. Ty Wilson and Zak Kumar 
  2. Zina Abdon 
  3. Vera Kwabi 
  4. Riley Williams 
  5. AAlyhdaezey Golden
  6. Nadiya Khalif 
  7. Kofi Asiamah Ahenkorah  
  8. Ambria Redfearn 
  9. Jasmine Hampton 
  10. Brian Hampton
  11. Joshua Hampton 

Watch the 2022 Juneteenth Resiliency Awards Recognition


2021 Juneteenth Resiliency Award Winners 

  1. Naysa Piper-Fisher
  2. Derman Whitney
  3. Kimberly Boateng
  4. Yasmine Bolden
  5. Eric Thurman
  6. Adrianna Khaled  
  7. Tiffany Stowers
  8. Donnie Perry
  9. Simara Alexander
  10. Katrina Tillery

Watch the 2021 Juneteenth Resiliency Awards Show

2023 Juneteenth Resiliency Award Nomination Instructions

The Resiliency Award will recognize both youth and young adults (ages 13-21) who have exhibited true resiliency (also known as grit, determination, dedication, perseverance and persistence) to make meaningful contributions and outcomes in their lives and/or the lives of others in the Black community. 

Please consider the following, when writing your nomination:

  • Think about what makes your Nominee resilient.  Ask yourself: What have they overcome?  What have they accomplished? Where have they shown grit or perseverance? What impact has their efforts/contributions/work had on others?
  • Take your time and write from the heart. Remember: What you share -- in your own words -- is the most important factor in advancing a nomination for further consideration. 

We encourage you to be mindful of your community and the youth and young adults who have had an impact on others.

Complete the 2023 Juneteenth Resiliency Award nomination form by the end of the day May 5, 2023. Be sure to click on "Submit" at the end of the form.  Please contact ncsblackhistorycommittee@fairfaxcounty.gov, with any questions or concerns.

A panel of judges will review each nomination using a rubric to score the responses to the resiliency questions about your nominee.

  • Juneteenth Resiliency Award Winners will be selected from two age groups (13-16) and (17-21). Award Winners will be notified on May 19, 2023.
  • Awardees will be recognized at the June 6, 2023 Board of Supervisors meeting at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Board Auditorium, Fairfax, VA 22035. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be available to view live on Channel 16 and stream online.

Fairfax County wants you to be aware that the information you provide about a potential 2023 Juneteenth Resiliency Award nominee is subject to public access as a public record under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA).

The VFOIA gives citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of certain news organizations the right to inspect and copy public records held by Fairfax County, with some exceptions. 

I acknowledge that the information I am providing about a potential 2023 Juneteenth Resiliency Award nominee is not protected and may be subject to disclosure under the VFOIA.  Access to such information will be provided if disclosure is required in response to a VFOIA request.

How will I know my nominee was selected?

Everyone will be notified on May 19, 2023.

May I nominate a person more than once?

You may only nominate a person one time. However, you may nominate different people.

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be recognized at the June 6, 2023 Board of Supervisors meeting at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Board Auditorium, Fairfax, VA 22035.

May I nominate myself?

Yes, you may nominate yourself if you meet the award’s eligibility requirements.

Who can make nomination?

Anyone could nominate someone who meets the eligibility requirements.

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