Secretary Bellows Launches John Lewis Youth Leadership Award


Secretary of State Shenna Bellows.

Secretary of State Shenna Bellows today announced the launch of the new John Lewis Youth Leadership Award.

Through this award the Secretary of State’s office will annually recognize one of Maine’s residents, age 25 or younger, who demonstrates leadership abilities, has a passion for social justice and is improving the quality of life in their community.

The award is named for the late Congressman John Lewis, who was known for his courageous achievements during the Civil Rights Movement and his long tenure of public service.

“The late Congressman Lewis once said:  “Democracy is not a state.  It is an act.”  This award honors his legacy by recognizing extraordinary action to advance democracy,” said Secretary Bellows.  The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established this award last month, inviting Secretaries to recognize a gifted, civic-minded young person in their state each year.

All nominations should be sent in digital format via email to no later than Friday, April 23.  The Secretary of State’s office will choose a winner of the John Lewis Youth Leadership Award from all submissions, to receive a recognition plaque and presentation of the award from Secretary Bellows.

For more information and nomination submission guidelines, visit the NASS John Lewis Youth Leadership Award webpage.  You may also call the Secretary’s office at:  207 626-8400.