From the Music on a Mission Foundation:
As Sacramento’s first Latino Mayor and a respected educator, Joe Serna, Jr., taught and pursued equality, justice and fairness in a life dedicated to civic duty and responsibility.
The Joe Serna, Jr. Prize for Civic Excellence will be awarded to one young adult or group between the ages of 18-45 who exemplify the vision and the life of former Sacramento Mayor, Joe Serna, Jr.
The annual award will be by the Board of the Music on a Mission Foundation at their sole discretion.
Joe Serna, Jr., worked tirelessly for the City of Sacramento and as the first Latino Mayor of Sacramento, and first Latino mayor of a major California city, taught and pursued equality, justice and fairness in every action he took. As a respected educator, Joe Serna, Jr. advanced the importance of civic duty and responsibility to every student he taught. Applicants must be able to explain how their work is harmonious with the teachings of Joe Serna, Jr. Recipients of the Serna Prize for Civic Excellence are expected to further civic responsibility, engagement, and advancement of the disadvantaged in the City and/or County of Sacramento and to further the hopes, dreams and vision of Joe Serna, Jr.
A nominee can be self-nominated or nominated by another person or entity. The nomination must be submitted by October 1 of each year and will be awarded in November of each year through 2036.
The value of the Serna Prize is a one-time cash payment of $7500 to be used to continue the work the awardee(s) described in their application.
The application shall be no longer than 1,300 words and may be supported by a single letter of support or recommendation, the application should address the following topics:
– A description of the work the applicant believes furthers the lifelong work of Joe Serna, Jr.
– A description of the qualities of that work that most directly represent the attributes of the life of Joe Serna, Jr.
– A description of how the applicant(s) would expend the Serna Prize money to further the mission that the applicant describes in its application.
The Serna Prize may be awarded in any subject matter area Music on a Mission deems appropriate. Examples include equality, justice, peace and democracy but could be expressed through art, sports, music, teaching or organization. The list is not exclusive or exhaustive.
Music on a Mission reserves the right to request substantiation of all factual statements made in any application and to utilize any portion of the application, including an applicants’ name for promotional purposes related to the prize.
Applications must be received on or before October 2, 2017, please send or hand deliver to:
Joe Serna, Jr. Prize for Civic Excellence
c/o Music on a Mission Foundation
Attention: Nick Avdis
455 Capitol Mall, Suite 801
Sacramento, CA 95814