Awards

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Awards to be given at Alternatives 2017
At each Alternatives conference, the following awards are given to people who have contributed to our community: Esperanza Hope Award, Youth and Young Adult Peer Leadership Award, Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBT Leadership Award, and Howie the Harp Arts Award.

We welcome nominations for these awards by July 21, 2017. Please complete and return the nomination forms available below.

Esperanza Hope Award
In honoring contributing members of our community, Alternatives has presented the Esperanza Hope Award to a consumer/survivor/peer of color who has expanded the idea of cultural competency and done exceptional work within the mental health and peer support community. Esperanza was a nationally and internationally recognized Latina leader, who often attended Alternatives. She is credited with starting Casa La Esperanza, the first clubhouse for Latino consumer/survivors in New York City. This award is given in the spirit of her leadership and perseverance in advancing cultural diversity issues for people of color who are consumers/survivors.

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Esperanza Hope Award - PDF (44KB)
Esperanza Hope Award - Word Document (22KB)

Youth and Young Adult Peer Leadership Award
In honoring contributing members of our community, Alternatives has honored those who excel in certain fields.  Alternatives wishes to stand tall with our emerging leaders and honor a youth or young adult who is exceling in providing leadership to engage more youth and young adults and who is also working on changing the system to be person centered, recovery, health and wellness focused.

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Youth and Young Adult Peer Leadership Award - PDF (43KB)
Youth and Young Adult Peer Leadership Award - Word Document (23KB)

Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBT Leadership Award
The Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBT Leadership Award is rooted in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) participants caucusing at Alternatives conferences since 1985. From secret to official, people proclaimed their place of competence and prominence in the mental health consumer/survivor community. The award recognizes leadership in a journey of coming out to make it safe to be proud and diverse. It was first given at Alternatives 2007 in St. Louis, in memory of Bill Compton of California and Cookie Gant of Michigan, who led by example when it wasn’t safe to be “out.”

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Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBT Leadership Award - PDF (47KB)
Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBT Leadership Award - Word Document (24KB)

Howie the Harp Arts Award
Howie the Harp (1953-1995), a leader of the consumer/survivor community, created peace with his music, playing his harmonica wherever he went. He was a founder of Altered States of the Arts, a national network for artists, writers, and performers, and was the emcee at Alternatives Conference talent shows. Howie was a longtime advocate for the arts in the consumer community. We honor the work he did by presenting an award in his memory to a person who has carried on that tradition.

Click to download nomination forms:

Howie the Harp Arts Award - PDF (44KB)
Howie the Harp Arts Award - Word Document (24KB)