Americans United for Separation of Church and State has been fighting for church-state separation for 70 years. A vital part of our work has always involved listening to the voices of young people who find new and effective ways to speak out for religious freedom and stand up to those who use religion to harm others.

Each year, Americans United recognizes a young person under the age of 25 who has advocated for religious freedom and church-state separation in their community with the David Norr Youth Activist Award.

We will present the 2017 award during our 70th Anniversary Celebration in the fall in Washington, D.C., and starting today, we’re taking submissions! All you have to do to be considered for this award is to share your story

Do you have a story worth sharing with us? 

We’re looking for stories about a time when you stood up for the separation of church and state. Perhaps someone was using religion as an excuse to discriminate against you or someone else. Or maybe your public school was promoting religion or requiring students to take part in religious activities. We want to hear how you stood up for religious freedom, the right to believe – or not – so long as it doesn’t harm others.

Americans United is a multi-faith organization comprised of people who profess faith as well as those who do not. Young people from all backgrounds are encouraged to share stories with us. If you’re not under 25 years old, you can still participate by sharing this post with a young person you know.

As we count down to Inauguration Day, Americans United is calling upon everyone to stand with us as we prepare to fight for church-state separation under the new administration and Congress. Raising up stories and honoring young people who take leadership on church-state separation issues in their communities is an important part of the work we must do moving forward.