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The Amplify Awards

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Science Museum of Virginia  |  Rotunda

Virginia trailblazers in youth advocacy and empowerment will be honored for their efforts to embody a shared vision of a Virginia centered on the needs, rights, well-being, and development of young people. The awards ceremony will include an engaging panel discussion on the state of advocacy for Virginia’s young people, networking opportunities with thought leaders, legislators, community groups, sponsors, and much more.
The emcee for the evening will be Stacy Hawkins Adams, published author and former board chair of Voices. 

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Special Guests

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We are excited to welcome the Hanover High School  Orchestra to the 2023 Amplify Awards!

The Hanover High School Orchestra is a group of talented student musicians ranging from 9th through 12th grade. They are led by Conductor Lucretia Davis, an experienced guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the state of Virginia and beyond. The musicians perform music ranging in styles like Classical, Rock, Pop, Broadway show tunes, Jazz, Folk, Celtic, and more. The ensemble is known for its emotional range and energetic playing consistently receiving superior and excellent ratings at competition and state orchestra assessments. 

Award honorees demonstrate:

  • Efforts focused on young people to promote positive and equitable outcomes;

  • Dedication to young people who have been impacted by systemic injustices;

  • Work that inspired local, state or national policy change or informed policy conversations

  • High ethical standards; and

  • Value for the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Award Categories

An individual that has worked in policy/advocacy for no more than five years and has introduced new approaches that have shaped policy or systems change. 

An organization that has made internal shifts in practice to promote healing. The organization includes the voices of those directly impacted in shaping organizational approach.​

An individual who has worked in policy/advocacy for more than twenty years and has shown a consistent commitment to policies that improve equitable outcomes for children and youth.

An organization whose effort is led by an individual that is not older than 25 years old on October 11, 2023. The organization needs to have incorporated youth voices and leadership into approach.

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