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Upstander C.A.R.E. Awards

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. 

Upstander C.A.R.E. Awards

(Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Empathy)

Awards 2020 Application Form

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020


The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights welcomes applications for its 2020 Upstander C.A.R.E. (Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Empathy) Awards.  Each year Idaho youth in Grades 7-12 are honored with cash prizes up to $1,500 for taking action to create positive change in their communities.

These young individuals will be honored as upstanders – those who recognize a wrong and take action to make it right. While being an upstander is everyone’s responsibility, each winner’s achievement(s) will display a remarkable choice to combat intolerance, prejudice and injustice and make a constructive contribution(s) in reshaping his/her world.

Emphasis will be given to accomplishment(s) that exhibit sustainable acts of compassion, acceptance, respect and empathy toward others. The Wassmuth Center award strives to encourage young activists and inspires each of us to become an advocate for change.

online application



Upload your personal Statement of Upstander Action. Provide a narrative (limited to two pages, 12-point font, double spaced) that describes your action(s) as an upstander.

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Suggested prompts may include:
Describe how were you inspired to take action as an upstander.
Explain in detail your achievement(s) to combat intolerance, prejudice and injustice.
What was the hope and/or expectation for your action?
Explain how your action(s) incorporates the values of C.A.R.E. - compassion, acceptance, respect and/or
empathy.Showcase how your efforts created positive change in your school, club, and/or community.
What was the measurable impact(s) of your action(s)? Were there any intangible outcomes?
Was this a one-time action or an ongoing project? Do you have plans to continue it?
Describe any challenges you met. How did you overcome them?
How did courage, tenacity and leadership play a role in your act(s)?
Who or what has encouraged you to become an activist for human rights?
Have you been nominated or awarded recognition for this work by another organization?
Provide other pertinent information - number of people involved, uniqueness of action/project, goals met or exceeded, etc.


Upload two letters of reference. The letters of recommendation should be from a teacher/advisor/sponsor or another person who can speak in detail about the upstander actions. List valid contact information for the recommenders. This is an opportunity for them to commend and support a young person for standing up to hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

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Suggested prompts or recommendations may include:

How do you know the upstander nominee? Provide contextual information.
Explain why you think this nominee should be granted this award.
Describe the nominee's unique action(s) and how he/she supported the ideals of C.A.R.E.
- compassion, acceptance, respect and/or empathy.
Summarize the strengths of the nominee.
Provide any other pertinent information


Thank you for submitting your application to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights Upstander C.A.R.E. (Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Empathy) Awards. Please check the boxes and sign.

In submitting this application, I certify that the information provided is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. Falsification will result in termination of any prize granted.

I hereby release this copy of my 2020 Upstander C.A.R.E. Award application to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and grant permission for its use in fundraising and promotional efforts for the Center. By granting this permission, I recognize that my application will become the property of the Center.

I have completed the application form and included all additional documents (Statement of Upstander Action and two references) on or before April 1, 2020. Applicants with missing materials will not be considered.

Signature Applicant

Signature of parent/legal guardian



The family of Arthur and Neli Zaltzman have generously funded
the Upstander C.A.R.E. Awards in memory of their parents.