Democracy in Action Award


Honoring Illinois' Young Civic Leaders

The Democracy in Action Award (DIAA) is presented annually to Illinois high school juniors or seniors who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and leadership in their community. The award is intended to recognize a young person whose actions reflect an understanding of and commitment to the principles of democracy and whose efforts have advanced civic involvement by young people.


Potential honorees must be residents of Illinois and must be enrolled as juniors or seniors in a public or private Illinois high school during the year in which the award is offered. Nominations must be submitted and signed by two faculty members (e.g., teachers of history, government or social studies; counselors; school administrators) of the high school who have direct knowledge of the nominee’s achievements and/or leadership in the community.

Nominations for the award are solicited from high schools throughout the state. A downloadable PDF nomination form is available below.  Nominations are evaluated by a panel of judges (appointed by the Union League Club’s Public Affairs Committee), which selects the honorees.


DIAA Downloadable Documents

Past DIAA Recipients