January 2023 – DMF Youth’s Executive Director, Lindi Duesenberg, has been nominated for the 2021-2022 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership.

Ms. Duesenberg’s leadership can be explained through one of DMF Youth’s lead teaching artists: “Lindi has a bright light in her that sparks so much joy and creates a safe space for everyone. She has impacted my growth as a teacher and person. Lindi is an extraordinary leader, compassionate teacher, and most importantly, a kind human.”

Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For 2021-2022, there will be a total of 18 individual LifeChanger of the Year awards. The awards structure is as follows:

  • 1 National Grand Prize Winner
  • 4 Grand Prize Finalists
  • 10 LifeChanger Award Winners
  • 1 Spirit Award Winner
  • 1 Capstone Award Winner
  • 1 Spotlight Award Winner

Each winner will receive a cash award that is split between the individual winner and their school. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in Orlando, FL. Winners will be announced in Spring 2022.

Winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be school district employees. Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

  • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  • An ability to positively add to the development of the school’s atmosphere
  • Is involved in leadership activities at the school and/or community level
  • A demonstrative record of excellent performance at the professional level
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
  • Adherence to high moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/.

You can support Lindi’s nomination and help win DMF Youth these much-needed funds by visiting Lindi’s profile at LifeChangeroftheYear.com to leave a comment. If you know Lindi personally, you can share a story about how they changed your life for the better. And you can also share their nominee profile on social media using the hashtag #LCOY.

Thank you for your support in recognizing Lindi as a life-changer!