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about the awards

There are two awards recognized during the Val Joshua Racial Justice Award Community Celebration:
Val Joshua Racial Justice Award
Youth Social Justice Award

The Val Joshua Award was originally given to Val Joshua in recognition of her life long commitment and work toward the elimination of racism in 1989.

The Val Joshua Racial Justice Awards are presented annually to individuals, businesses, or organizations who have demonstrated leadership working toward eliminate racism and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

recognition & celebration

Once a year,  a community-wide awards celebration is held to honor all award recipients. This is a time when family, friends, community leaders, businesses and political leaders can celebrate the accomplishments of the recipients. Mark your calendars for this year’s celebration on June 24th, 2014.

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Nomination Information

who’s eligible?

Any adult or youth who is practicing racial justice and social justice in Clark County.
Val Joshua Racial Justice Award – (18 years or older)
Youth Social Justice Award – (14 to 20 years)

selection award recipients will have

  • Demonstrated leadership in civil rights and working toward eliminating racism.
  • Exhibited significant involvement working for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.
  • Demonstrated commitment to self-determined social change for all people.

how do you nominate yourself or someone else for these awards?

Anyone may nominate an adult for The Val Joshua Racial Justice Award or a youth for the Youth Social Justice Award. Nominate yourself or another by completing and submitting the Nomination Packet.

how to submit

By email to:
By mail to: YWCA Clark County
Val Joshua Racial Justice Awards
Attn: Michelle Hurdle-Bradford
3609 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
In person at: 3609 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
Attn: Michelle Hurdle-Bradford
8:30am-5:30pm Mon-Thurs.

what are the next steps?

All nominations are to be received by May 23rd, 2014. Nominees may be called for a meeting, panel interview or telephone interview. Finalists may be called for further in person interviews.

selection process

Applications are judged on the criteria listed for each award. The Selection Committee will be comprised of representatives from YWCA, community, local businesses and past award recipients. These finalists will be interviewed and the winners will be chosen from the submitted applications.


E-mail your questions to,
or call Michelle Hurdle-Bradford, Social Change Program Director at 360 906 9129.