The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is currently accepting nominees for the first “Moran Kidizenship Awards,” a statewide awards program that recognizes children who make significant contributions to other young people in Oklahoma.

All nominees for the Kidizenship Award must have created or significantly improved an existing program that benefits the youth in their community or within Oklahoma. Nominations will be accepted from the public until Oct. 1, 2017, at which point a committee will pick four runners up and one grand prize winner. Winners will be chosen by the impact they have made, the population they have served, and the effectiveness of the program. Nominations can be submitted at (under the “awards” tab) or by clicking here.  

OICA CEO Joe Dorman said the Kidizenship Awards will serve as a reminder that young people can serve as effective advocates for their peers and for important causes.

“’The Oklahoma Standard’ – our state’s commitment to take care of our neighbors and act with compassion and kindness – isn’t just for adults,” said Dorman. “Whether it’s taking a stand against school bullying or finding ways to reduce malnutrition, there are children across Oklahoma doing great work for other children. We are excited to help tell some of those stories through the Moran Kidizenship Award program.”

The Kidizenship Awards are named after Melvin and Jasmine Moran, philanthropists who have spent their lives celebrating opportunities for the youth of Oklahoma.  Though most well-known as the founders of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, OK, the Moran Family has spent decades dedicated to the improvement of lives of children all across our state.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy’s mission is creating awareness, taking action, and supporting policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma’s children. Founded in 1983, OICA works to provide a voice for the children of Oklahoma through advocacy work with our state and local governments, as well as supporting direct services benefiting the youth of Oklahoma. Through support of projects and efforts like the Kidizenship Award, OICA encourages youngsters to engage, advocate, and galvanize support among their peer communities.