Most CNN Heroes are selected after being nominated by someone like you
Here are some suggestions we hope will help you in crafting a nomination
2014 nominations are being accepted online through August 31, 2014
Nominations for 2014 CNN Heroes are being accepted online through August 31, 2014.
It’s the tenth anniversary of CNN Heroes! And again this year, CNN encourages you to tell us about these everyday people changing the world – by nominating them at CNNHeroes.com. Taking a few minutes to share their story with us could propel them to worldwide recognition.
They are CNN Heroes, each of whom shows how one person can truly make a difference.
Again this year, CNN encourages you to tell us about these everyday people changing the world – by nominating them at CNNHeroes.com. Taking a few minutes to share their story with us could propel them to worldwide recognition.
Maybe someone’s selflessness has directly impacted your life.
Destiny Bush nominated her mentor and “second mother,” Tawanda Jones, whose drill team provides discipline and inspiration to thousands of children in the violent city of Camden, New Jersey.
“It was important for the world to see this wonderful individual who commits herself effortlessly – her heart, her body, her soul – to our youth,” said Bush, now a graduate student.
Or maybe you know an individual in your community whose personal story and dedication inspires you.
Denada Jackson’s mom used to style Robin Emmons’ hair. When Jackson bumped into Emmons years later, she learned about Emmons’ efforts to help low-income neighborhoods access healthy, fresh food.
“It just seemed right that I would nominate her, because I’ve never seen anyone that happy about helping other people,” Jackson said. “She’s making it happen for others in her community. Just to watch her be honored for that, to get a thank you, that was awesome.”
But you don’t have to personally know the individual you nominate. Just be familiar with their work.
Johanna Robinette, for example, lives in the same small town as Dale Beatty, who helps build and modify homes for injured veterans. Robinette had heard about Beatty’s organization, and she saw nominating him as a way to help draw attention to his efforts.
“To be able to take that time to do that, I was thankful that I did and thankful that (he was) honored in that way,” Robinette said. “It felt great to be a part of that.”
It’s easy to nominate the person whose work you admire. But a thoughtful, well-written nomination is essential to help yours stand out from the thousands we receive. Here are some suggestions we hope will help you in crafting your nomination for consideration as a 2016 CNN Hero.
• Think about what makes your hero special. Ask yourself: What makes my nominee unique? What specific accomplishment has he or she achieved that is truly remarkable? What impact has his or her work had on others? We encourage you to watch videos of previous CNN Heroes to familiarize yourself with the achievements of the inspiring individuals we honor as “everyday people changing the world.”
• Take a look at our nomination form. We suggest you review the information requested about yourself, your nominee and his or her work before filling out your submission.
• Click “Submit.” If your nomination has been successfully transmitted, you’ll see a “thank you” message on your screen. This is the only confirmation you will receive. And yes, we read each and every one.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible to be considered as a CNN Hero?
Q: How will I know if my hero is selected?
Q: What if I don’t know my nominee’s address, email and telephone number?
Q: May I submit additional supporting information about my nominee?
Q: May I mail or fax my nomination?
Q: What if my nomination form is rejected?
CNN is not responsible for technical problems that may prevent your submission from being successfully transmitted. You may wish to first write and save the answers to essay questions in a word-processing document. That way, if you need to resubmit your nomination, you can cut and paste those answers into the form and avoid having to rewrite them.
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