Americans United Youth Activist Award

Each year, Americans United for Separation of Church and State recognizes young people who have advocated for religious freedom and church-state separation in their community. To be considered for this award, please share you story in the form below. You must be 25 years of age or younger. If you are considered as a finalist for the Americans United Youth Activist Award, we will contact you directly.

2017 Youth Activist Awardee

Americans United was pleased to award Najja for his activism in 2017. In response to President Trump's Muslim ban, Najja organized his high school basketball team to send a message of solidarity. The players wore matching t-shirts that read, "I am a Muslim. I am a refugee. I am an immigrant. I am an American. I am an Ace." Najja also donated all of the money raised by the t-shirt sales.


Tell Us Your Story

Sharing your story is a powerful way to speak out for religious freedom and stand up to those who would use religion to harm others. Your story can bring about real change by inspiring other people to speak out and help Americans United continue to grow the movement to safeguard church-state separation.

Tell us about a time when you stood up for the separation of church and state. Was someone using religion as an excuse to discriminate against you or someone else? Was your public school promoting religion or requiring students to take part in religious activities? What happened? What obstacles did you face?