Announcing the 2018 Civic Impact Awards Winners!

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The Center for Civic Innovation held Atlanta's third annual Civic Impact Awards on Thursday, December 13, 2018. Atlanta is home to some of the world's most powerful social movements. It is built on a history of people coming together to tackle challenges bigger than their own. We started the Civic Impact Awards in 2015 to shed light on the work of dedicated and effective leaders in Atlanta. They are a reminder that amazing things are happening in our city every day.

Our awards, like our work, are a community-driven process, and in that spirit we asked our friends, supporters, really everyone in the Greater Atlanta area to nominate the individuals and organizations who are on the ground every day, working to tackle inequality by empowering and fighting for people and communities. In true ATLien fashion, we received close to 200 nominations! With the help of outside judges, we whittled this impressive group down to just four finalists in each category, and announced the winners live at our Civic Impact Awards celebration!

Transparency Award

Freedom University
Freedom University is a modern day freedom school that empowers undocumented youth and fulfills their human right to education. By providing free college-level classes, college application assistance, and social movement leadership training, 1 in 3 graduates of Freedom University leave with a full scholarship to college every year.

Investing in Impact Award

Quest Community Development Organization
Quest CDO develops affordable housing and provide needs-based community services to enhance the quality of life for underserved individuals and families.

Government Innovation Award

Atlanta City Studio
The Atlanta City Studio is a pop-up urban design studio within the City of Atlanta’s Department of City Planning. Its mission is to provide leadership in the design of our city with the goal of creating an exceptional public realm and ultimately a city that all Atlantans can be proud of.  

Community Engagement Award

Atlanta Legal Aid’s Disability Integration Project
Atlanta Legal Aid's Disability Integration Project advocates for people with disabilities to receive community supports so they can live meaningful lives outside of institutions. Their Nick Project brings together community partners to connect inmates in the DeKalb County jail with appropriate community mental health supports and housing upon release.

#GoodTrouble Award

Malika Whitley | ChopArt
 In the spirit of Congressman John Lewis, we wanted to recognize an individual who creates "good trouble" for Atlanta. We looked for individuals who are tireless advocates for people whose voices goes unheard. Our winner, CCI alumna Malika Whitley, runs ChopArt, an organization dedicated to providing dignity, community, and opportunity to middle and high school aged youth experiencing homelessness through multidisciplinary arts immersion and mentorship.

A huge congratulations to these amazing winners, and to ALL the finalists of the awards this year. Be sure to check out all the photos on our Flickr account.

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