Unleash the Power of Age in Your Community Challenge

People across our nation are achieving remarkable things in later life. Many older adults are experts in their fields, have years of valuable experience, and are using that knowledge to improve the lives of others. The ‰ÛÏUnleash the Power of Age in Your Community Challenge‰Û is an opportunity to recognize these individuals and share their stories with the public.

The Administration on Aging, an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living, invites organizations to celebrate the achievements of older Americans by nominating a leader who is using his/her talents and expertise to make a positive impact in his/her community or beyond.
Nominees must be at least 60 years old and reside in a U.S. state or territory. Nominees should be actively engaged and committed members of their communities. Their community involvement (through work or volunteerism) must have a significant and positive impact on the community. Nominees should be positive role models who can inspire other older adults to continue to be active, vital members of their communities.

Nominees can be volunteers or paid professionals and can be engaged in a diversity of activities.

Nominations must be submitted electronically through Challenge.gov by 11:00 p.m. on April 22, 2013. Nominations must be made by representatives of a domestic, private nonprofit or public entity, such as a state or local government, an Indian tribal government or organization, faith-based organization, community-based organization, hospital, or institution of higher education.åÊ

Nominations must include a) a recent photograph of the nominee that is at least 430 x 300 pixels, and b) a 300- to 500-word description of the nominee‰Ûªs societal contribution. Where applicable, nominations should also be accompanied by a video or photograph of the nominee‰Ûªs work (for example, a copy of a nominee‰Ûªs original artwork or a representation of his/her innovation, etc.).

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All nominations will go through an initial screening process to eliminate submissions that violate the competition‰Ûªs rules or do not reflect the theme and intent of this challenge. Nominations passing the initial screening will be evaluated by a panel of judges, who will select the top ten entries. The finalists will be posted on Challenge.gov, where the public will be invited to vote for their favorite entry. Voting will take place during the month of May and the three entries receiving the most votes will be declared the winners of the challenge.

Winners will receive a certificate of recognition and their profiles will be highlighted on the Older Americans Month website at www.OlderAmericansMonth.ACL.gov and on ACL and AoA‰Ûªs social media properties.