Power of One
Speaking out. Standing up. Making a difference. That’s the Power of One.
The Power of One takes many forms, coming to life as heroes throughout history and helping to shape our future. We see it in actions that may seem small but are no less heroic: when a woman breaks through racial barriers by refusing to give up her seat on a bus. When a survivor of genocide tells his story and empowers others to accept their neighbors. When a child on a playground stands up to a bully.
Today, one voice has the ability to change the future, just as it has changed thousands of lives in the past. Come and discover your Power of One—and learn the difference your voice can make.
The Power of One Awards
Each year, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is proud to present the Power of One Award to an individual who exemplifies the Museum’s mission: fighting hatred, standing up to indifference, and promoting human rights. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the 2014 Power of One Award. We will be accepting nominations for the 2015 Power of One Award in fall 2014. The 2014 Power of One Award recipient will be announced in March 2014.
Power of One Award Recipients
2013: Katherine Chon
Katherine Chon exemplifies the power of one person to make a difference in the lives of many. Chon is the co-founder of Polaris Project, dedicated to ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery. She combines her work on the frontlines serving victims of human trafficking with crafting long-term solutions that create systemic and social change.
2012: Shelley Nizynski Reese
The inaugural Power of One Award was presented to Shelley Nizynski Reese, founder of two non-profit organizations that provide opportunities to deaf children in Ghana, where they are often shunned by society. Known as A Better Life for Kids in the U.S. and Midian Education Support in Ghana, these organizations provide schooling and sign language instruction and supply orphanages with food and medicine. Reese has also galvanized her students at Skokie’s McCracken Middle School to help their counterparts in Ghana.