2022 Right Direction Awards

AG Racine and Zion Kelly
Zion Kelly (right) receiving his Right Direction Award from Attorney General Karl Racine (left) at the 5th Annual Right Direction Awards.

The Office of the Attorney General is excited to bring back the Right Direction Awards. Started by AG Racine in 2015, this ceremony is an annual celebration that honors District youth who have overcome significant challenges or who have positively affected their community. Over the past several years, the Office of the Attorney General has celebrated over 150 inspiring young people through this award program.

The purpose of Right Direction Awards Ceremony is to help uplift and recognize youth in the District. This year’s award ceremony will be the last of AG Racine’s tenure.

Every day we are inspired by the tenacity, resilience, and engagement of youth across the District – especially those who have had to overcome obstacles like generational poverty and trauma. Over the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown even more challenges at youth that they never saw coming. At the Office of the Attorney General, we have worked to harness their energy and help propel them forward so they can thrive and become the next leaders of the District. That’s what these awards are all about.

Nominate District Youth

We’re asking DC residents to help us identify exceptional young people to receive a Right Direction Award. If you know a young person (age 14-24) in the District who should be recognized for overcoming challenges and being a positive role model, we invite you to share their story with us.

Please share this within your personal, professional, and community networks to ensure our youth are acknowledged for their resiliency and hard work. 

Deadline: All nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, October 5, 2022 (by 11:59 PM EST) to be eligible.

Click here to nominate an inspiring young person for a Right Direction Award.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominee must be a DC resident.
  • Nominee must be 14-24 years old.
  • If the nominee is selected as a winner, they must complete a public release form.

About the Ceremony

AG Racine will hold the Right Direction Award Ceremony on October 12, 2022. At that event, he will announce the winners of the 2022 Right Direction Awards. Their family will be invited as well as District agencies, school teachers and administrators, community leaders, and after school programs.

Winners will receive:

  • Recognition in an OAG press release;
  • A framed Right Direction Award signed and presented by Attorney General Karl Racine; and
  • Other prizes.


If you have any questions, please email oagcommunity@dc.gov.