Spirit of Matthew Award

With “bullying” incidents in such high profile, the Matthew Shepard Foundation recognizes the need, as an organization, to seek out and honor the students that are “up standers”; those young people who stand up for what is right, and who further the work of the Foundation by teaching diversity, acceptance, and understanding through their words and actions. This year, and for many years to come, we are are seeking to honor such students at our annual Bear to Make a Difference Gala Dinner with the Spirit of Matthew Award.

Matthew is remembered by family and friends as a person who was absolutely unwilling to let the world’s powers and leaders settle for less than what their people and the human race deserved. He saw an endless amount of work yet to be done for human rights and human dignity and never hesitated to share his thoughts and aspirations, with anyone he might meet. He never doubted he could play an important role in changing a person’s life for the better. The Spirit of Matthew Award was established in Matt’s name in an effort to encourage the restless, creative, impatient desire for change that Matt showed in his too brief life.

Are you an outstanding youth doing great work within your community? Do you know of an outstanding youth in your community?

Details and calls for nominations for this year’s award will be posted in mid-2014.

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