Call For Nominations: “Outstanding Youth Leader in Violence Prevention” Presented by Ameren Illinois, Sponsored by the Center for Prevention of Abuse

The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is now accepting nominations for its “Outstanding Youth Leader in Violence Prevention” Award to recognize and honor high school students in the Tri-County Area who are dedicated to building a safe and peaceful school or community. The award is presented by Ameren Illinois. Nominations are open through March 31, 2020.

“We are excited to accept nominations for this award, now in its third year, and honor the inspiring students in the region we serve,” said Carol Merna, Chief Executive Officer at CFPA. “Last year, we reached more than 35,000 students in the Tri-County Area through our Prevention Education programming and are proud to offer a space for those students to be recognized for their dedication and commitment to building a more peaceful community. Whether a student is dedicated to peaceful conflict resolution, they speak out against bullying, or they create a positive and uplifting afterschool club, we want to celebrate their successes and efforts in making a safe place, free of abuse, for everyone.”

Students who attend high school in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford County and have received some form of CFPA’s Violence Prevention Education programming are eligible to receive the award. Previous programming includes, but is not limited to, Keeping My Body Safe, H.A.R.T.S, social and emotional learning, Bullying Prevention, Teen Dating Violence Prevention, Healthy Relationships, or Human Trafficking Prevention. The student must show a significant commitment to creating a safe and peaceful environment at home, school, their place of work, or out in the community, and the project or program must be related to one of CFPA’s core service areas - domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual abuse/assault, human trafficking, elder abuse or abuse of adults living with disabilities.

"When youth are educated on ways to prevent violence, they are empowered to make a difference in our community," said Brian Brackney, Division Director of Ameren Illinois. "We are proud to support this award as it honors some extraordinary youth and shows the positive mark Center for Prevention of Abuse is making in Peoria area schools."

Anyone has the ability to nominate a student by completing the nomination form here or downloading on the CFPA website at under the Prevention Education tab. Submit the completed form with required video or written essay to

Nominations are open through March 31, 2020 and CFPA will announce the winner in May. There is no cost to the submission and creativity is highly encouraged.

For more information, full submission guidelines, and to download the nomination form, visit Please direct questions about the contest to Laura at CFPA at 309-691-0551.


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