Peace Awards Program

Movement Builder Award

“Leadership is the practice of accepting responsibility to enable others to achieve shared purpose under conditions of uncertainty.”

- Dr. Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy School

In 2016, the El-Hibri Foundation was proud to announce a new $5,000 award to celebrate collaborative leadership in the American Muslim community by recognizing individuals who have demonstrated achievements in building community. These leaders have promoted inclusion and developed community-building resources and collaborative relationships necessary for mobilizing social change.  

The Movement Builder Award (FKA Young Leader Award) intends to celebrate and elevate the efforts of those working to positively transform their communities and improve society. It is designated for early to mid-career American Muslim leaders (typically between the ages of 24 and 40) committed to creating inclusive communities and building capacity for others to create social change. 

The deadline for nominations was July 31, 2016. The call for nominations for the 2017 Movement Builder Award (FKA Young Leader Award) will be announced soon.


2016 Movement Builder Award Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Nominations will be considered for an early to mid-career US-based American Muslim leader that has demonstrated significant achievements in building inclusive communities and empowering others to act.  

Only nominations received before July 31, 2016 through the online nomination form for the Young Leader Award will be eligible. Individuals may nominate themselves or others for this award.


Selection Criteria
Finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Building capacity: Individuals who have demonstrated success in building capacity, leadership, and institutions with potential for influence in American Muslim communities. 
  • Advancing diversity and inclusion: Individuals who have successfully promoted inclusive norms in American Muslim communities. 
  • Catalyzing collective impact: Individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing collaboration, coalition-building, and collective action within American Muslim communities.


Selection Process
The Movement Builder Award (FKA Young Leader Award) is awarded based on a ranking of criteria from nominations received through the online form during the open application period. Members of the El-Hibri Young Leader Award Selection Committee include experts in American Muslim community organizing and community building. The selection process may include interviews with references familiar with the nominee’s unique contributions to building and sustaining inclusive communities.   



The deadline for nominations was July 31, 2016. The nomination form was only available online during this period.   

2016 award winners were announced in the fall of 2016 and presented at the El-Hibri Foundation's annual awards ceremony.



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