Informed and inspired by the legacy of Fred Rogers, the Helper Awards are an opportunity to honor and recognize the individuals who care for children in ordinary and extraordinary ways in their daily and professional lives.

The Fred Rogers Institute has a 20 year history of looking for the helpers, respecting the unique and essential contributions they make to children’s lives, and supporting and uplifting their work. Helpers across 10 categories will be selected and honored at The Neighborhood Gala at the Fred Rogers Institute in Fall 2023. We invite nominations across the following categories:

  • First Responders (such as Police Officer, Firefighters, etc.)
  • Healthcare Professionals (including Medical and Mental Health)
  • Early Childhood Educators or Administrators
  • Elementary Educators or Administrators
  • Middle Grades Educators or Administrators
  • High School Educators or Administrators
  • Post-secondary Educators or Administrators
  • Out of School Time Educators (Librarians, Museum Educators, Afterschool Educators, Camp Counselors, Coaches)
  • Community Leaders (such as Religious Leaders, Activists, Community Organization Leaders, etc.)
  • Everyday Helpers (Crossing Guards, Bus Drivers, Neighbors, etc.)

Nominations will be accepted from February 1, 2023 through May 1, 2023. The nomination form will close at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on May 1, 2023.

Learn more here.