Honoring Outstanding Social Justice Leadership

this year featuring grassroots organizers

Come and Join Us!

About Us

Social Justice Awards is an annual event that brings us together to honor those whose work and show leadership in community service, public service, education, law enforcement, restorative justice, youth justice, legal advocacy and healthcare. This year 2021 will be the third year to pay tribute to those who demonstrate a strong commitment to Justice for All.

A luncheon event at the Boathouse will bring us together to celebrate the people who serve as role models and mentors to the young people of TMLY. Good food will be enhanced by fellowship, inspiring words, and uplifting music. 

Your support of this event will help us raise funds to continue offering our programs and outreach events to opportunity youth and foster care youth, and justice-involved young adults between the ages of 14-21 in Central Ohio.

Our Mission

To showcase the success and achievements of social justice leadership.

Our Vision

Social justice leaders will know that their work is valued, and will feel honored by their peers for their contributions.

Selection of Honorees

Anyone can nominate social justice leaders in these categories

Go to the nominations tab and submit nominations. Nominations will be closed on Monday, August 16, 2021.

All submitted online applications will be reviewed and selections will be made by the Think Make Live Youth Social Justice Awards Nomination Committee.

Date & Time

Friday September 24, 2021
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


The Boathouse at Confluence Park

679 W. Spring St. Columbus, Ohio 43215

Master of Ceremonies

Rodney Dunigan

Anchor / Reporter WSYX ABC6 News

2021 Special Tribute Recipients

Kyle Strickland

Deputy Director
Race and Democracy at the Roosevelt Institute .

People's Justice Project

Organizes the Black working class and other oppressed people into leading the struggle against all state institutions that oppress or occupy our communities.

Wendy Tarr

Executive Director, Vincentian Ohio Action Network .

2021 Central Ohio Social Justice Awards Recipients

Community Service:



Education Advocacy:

Individual Public School:

Individual Higher Education:

Organization Public School:

Organization Higher Education:

Law Enforcement:



Legal Advocacy:



Public Service:



Restorative Justice:



Youth Justice:






2021 Advisory Board

Mallory Donaldson

Community Relations Manager at Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

C. Sunny Martin

Owner of The Urban Entrepreneur

Paul Rockwell

Owner of Red Door BBQ

2021 Think Make Live Youth Board of Directors

Jordan Miller III


Dr. Chenelle Jones

Board Member

Tia Ramey

Board Member

James McIntosh

Board member

Anthony Long II

Board Member

Mary Henton

Board Member

George Zarebski

Board Member

Jo Dee Davis


Terry Green

Executive Director of Think Make Live Youth

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