Overview

America's Job Honor Awards is a nonprofit initiative designed to help disadvantaged citizens enter the workforce. We host annual awards ceremonies celebrating individuals who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them. We present biographical videos describing our honorees' efforts to overcome barriers and win life-changing jobs (examples can be viewed by scrolling down on our Home page).

Our awards are presented before audiences of business leaders: our primary goal is to inspire employers to adopt inclusive hiring practices. After experiencing our videos (and better yet, our live awards ceremonies), employers are motivated to give fair consideration to applicants with criminal convictions, disabilities, or other barriers to employment.

Our videos reach well beyond this primary audience. Disadvantaged job seekers are inspired to overcome barriers, policy makers are moved to build a more inclusive workforce, and workforce developers are energized by testimonials to the importance of their work.  

Launched in Iowa in 2014, the Awards are expanding nationally.  We currently  operate in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota ... with more states following soon. 

Honorees are selected following annual campaigns in which nominations are submitted via this website. Top honorees are celebrated in state-level awards ceremonies, with inspiring videos recounting their paths to employment success.

By shining a spotlight on success stories, we speak hope to disadvantaged jobseekers while inspiring employers to give these individuals a chance by hiring them. We rely on the power of these stories to win hearts and minds. Our mission is to rekindle hope and energize the work ethic across the nation, by celebrating a new kind of hero.

In addition to our annual awards events, America's Job Honor Awards works year-round to inspire disadvantaged jobseekers to utilize available job training resources, and to encourage companies to hire the individuals who complete such programs. We do this through public speaking, seminars and media appearances.

Lead sponsor of America's Job Honor Awards is ManpowerGroup, world leader in innovative workforce solutions.

America's Job Honor Awards is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

“In the midst of America's talent shortage, it’s time for employers to get serious about our untapped workforce. People who overcome patterns of failure or challenges such as disability are not only highly qualified employees, but frequently they demonstrate remarkable work ethic and loyalty.”   - Kyle Horn, Founder & Director

 

(Daniele Zedda photo)