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Special Friend of Children Award Nomination Description

The NASP GPR “Special Friend of Children” Award is given to individuals or groups outside the profession who have nationally supported political action and advocacy on behalf of children to improve education and mental health services for children, youth and their families. These awardees have worked to make systemic changes in policies that govern the provision of education and mental health services at the state and national level. In addition, these individuals or groups have worked to support the NASP mission and its goals. Individual nominees or groups have so distinguished themselves by this service that clear evidence of improvement of education and services for children can be readily documented. No more than five GPR "Special Friends" will be presented during the NASP Annual Convention. Only one nomination per state will be eligible.

The “Outstanding Advocate” award will be given to recognize the very special efforts of additional nominees who demonstrate advocacy and systemic change in policies that improve services to children at the state or local level.


  • Must have contributed in meaningful ways to advocating for education, children and youth at the State and/or National level
  • Advocacy must be documentable
  • Must support the NASP mission and goals by their efforts

Who Can Nominate

Executive Council, State Presidents, State Delegates and GPR members

What You Must Submit

A complete nominations packet must include:

  • A “Special Friend” nomination form.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • A one-page description justifying nomination, with a clear link to policy-related activities.

Incomplete packets will not be considered. Feel free to add any additional supporting documentation. Award recipients will be announced and highlighted during the NASP Annual Convention and in the NASP Communiqué.