The emerging leader award recognizes newer social workers and members who have already made significant contributions to the association and/or the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service.
Organization of the Year
The organization of the year recognizes the outstanding accomplishments by an organization whom serves the community and whom has made demonstrable contributions to the broader social work community and/or community at large over the course of the year. The organization demonstrates a commitment to the values and ethics of the social work profession and commitment to advancing the work through partnership and advocacy.
Academic of the Year
The academic of the year recognizes those in social work academia who are members of the association and who have made significant contributions to the world of higher education.
Social Worker of the Year
The social worker of the year recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a social worker and member of the association whom has made demonstrable contributions to the social work community, the community as a whole or their organization.
The lifetime achievement award recognizes an individual and member who has made sustained contributions to the profession over their career as a social worker. The award is reserved for those nearing retirement as an acknowledgment of substantial contributions over their professional lifetime.
Public Citizen Award
The public citizen award honors and celebrates the work of non-social workers who share the commitment to the profession, shared values and have demonstrated an excellence in their work.
Elected Public Official of the Year
The elected public official of the year honors the contribution of like-minded public officials who share a commitment to the values, ethics and principles of the profession. The award is open to all members of public service who work in unison with social workers to advance sound social policy.
Outstanding Leadership Award
The outstanding leadership award honors senior agency leaders who demonstrates exceptional leadership within their organization or institution, a commitment to the values and ethics of the profession and is seen as a community leader.
Member of the Year
The member of the year award honors the contributions of a general member of the association who has helped strengthen the association through engagement, outreach, volunteering and more. The member does not need be a member of a committee or unit leader as contributions can be made in a variety of ways. The award celebrates the work across the association and passion of our membership at large.