The New Frontier Awards recognize “young Americans who are changing their communities – and the country – with their commitment to public service” and are hosted by John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. This year’s award recipients were true change makers:
- Lateefah Simon, Executive Director, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights
- Hector Balderas, State Auditor, New Mexico
Following the awards presentation, Paul G. Kirk, Jr., who was appointed as interim Massachusetts Senator in 2009, recognized the contributions of eight Massachusetts-based organizations and individuals who were furthering the cause of service in the state and around the world.
Strong Women, Strong Girls was recognized as a leader in galvanizing young people in service to their communities. Lindsay Hyde, Founder and President of Strong Women, Strong Girls challenged the crowd of 300, including 25 newly elected members of Congress, to consider the ways in which each of them can take on the role of mentor and role model for young people interested in public service.