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Immigrant Youth Achievement Award

Nominate your candidate for the Immigrant Youth Achievement Award! 

Each year, the American Immigration Council’s Immigrant Youth Achievement Award program receives over 200 nominations from around the country and assembles a panel of judges to select one individual whose personal and professional accomplishments exemplify the positive contributions young immigrants make to our nation each and every day.

The Immigrant Youth Achievement Award is an opportunity to honor our past, present and future as a nation of immigrants and celebrate the enduring contributions of young immigrants.

The Immigrant Youth Achievement Award is presented at our annual spring Washington, DC Immigrant Achievement Awards (DCIAA) attended by 250-300 immigration attorneys, Capitol Hill staff, Members of Congress and immigration advocates.  Past honorees have emigrated from Ireland, India, Cambodia, China, and Cuba, and were recognized for their significant achievements in literature, journalism, music and politics.

To be Eligible:

  • The honoree must be between the ages of 14 and 25 years of age on April 10, 2015 ;
  • The honoree must be an immigrant to the United States, including those who have become naturalized citizens;
  • The accomplishments of the honoree must reflect more than personal success and should have evidence of a commitment to making a positive impact in their community or the world around them;
  • The honoree must be willing and available to travel (at the American Immigration Council’s expense) to Washington, DC for the awards ceremony on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The American Immigration Council will cover the costs of travel and accommodations for the honoree, and for a parent or guardian if the honoree is a minor.

Click here to access the application.

The honoree will receive a $1,000 award. To nominate your candidate, you must complete and send the nomination application to by midnight on February 27, 2015.

For more information, contact Claudia Ornelas at (202) 507-7525 or

Learn more about the DC Immigrant Achievement Awards where the IYAA award will be presented. To learn more about past winners, click here.