Participation Eligibility

  • To be eligible to participate in the AOI Awards program, the applicant must be a representative of an organization (nonprofit, social enterprise, or agency) in either the United States or Canada that provides services for youth aging out of foster care. (The AOI Awards Program will be expanding its international reach over the next few years. This year, we are opening it up to organizations in Canada.)
  • To apply in 2019, programs/services/strategies must have been implemented with current or former foster youth for at least two years, with a starting date of May, 2017 at the latest. This timeframe allows for both the implementation of the applicant’s program, as well as sufficient time to determine if the program is starting to show a positive impact.
  • You do not have to be a member of AOI to apply for an award.
  • There are five award categories: Education, Employment, Housing, Relationships, and Life Skills.
    • Each application must focus on one category.
    • You may submit up more than one application if more than one category is addressed by your program, or if you run more than one program that address different categories.
    • If you apply for an award in more than one category and can demonstrate that the program represented in one category directly supports a program in another category, there will be space in each application to provide an explanation of that crossover impact.
    • If you apply for an award in all five categories, you will be considered for a special award that recognizes holistic support of foster youth as they transition to adulthood.
  • If not selected for an AOI Award in 2019, applicants may update and resubmit their application in succeeding years.
  • If you win an award, you may not submit an award application for the same program in the same category in any subsequent year.