23rd Annual Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award

Call for Applications!

Amy BiehlAbout Amy Biehl

Amy Biehl, a graduate of Santa Fe High School, understood that, as an American, she had it better than many people in much of the world. She also believed that she had a duty to give back—to make life better for others who were not so fortunate. To that end, Amy went to South Africa at the age of 26 as a Fulbright Scholar to help that country’s leaders develop a new constitution. While conducting voter registration for South Africa’s first all-race election—the election that would end apartheid—she was killed in a riot.

About the Award

The Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award was founded by New Mexico Voices for Children in 1993—the year that Amy died. The award honors Amy’s commitment to serve by honoring young people in New Mexico who have stepped up to bring positive change to their communities and/or the world at large through community service. One first place winner and one second place winner are named from each of the two age groups (13-18 and 19-26), and will receive scholarship awards.

Download the award application packet here! Application deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:00pm. Review the application packet thoroughly and make sure it is complete — no partial nominations will be accepted.

Questions? Please contact Brian Urban, Operations Manager, at 505-244-9505, ext. 112 or email burban@nmvoices.org.

The awards will be presented on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the 5th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference, at the Marriott Pyramid.

Photos from the awards ceremonies are posted on our Flickr page:


See our photo gallery for links to photos from awards ceremonies prior to 2011.