On October 2nd, we will be honoring people and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans at the 2014 Good Apple Awards.
Leading up to the event, we will introduce you to the 2014 award recipients.
Beth Riley – Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award
The Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award is named after Nebraska Appleseed’s founding director. It recognizes a young, emerging leader who has a vision for the best of what Nebraska can be and, through initiative, hard work, and dedication, is making that vision a reality.
This year, we are proud to recognize Beth Riley with the 2014 Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award.
Beth Riley is the Executive Director of Inclusive Communities, an organization that confronts prejudice, bigotry and discrimination through educational programs that raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society.
Under Beth’s leadership, Inclusive Communities has touched thousands of young Nebraskans, developing their skills in leadership, intergroup understanding, critical thinking, teamwork, conflict resolution, inter-religious and cultural respect, and community-building. Since Beth joined Inclusive Communities in 2012, the organization has more than doubled their youth programming and grown their adult and community programming by 70 percent.
In addition to Inclusive Communities education and community building work, Beth has championed the organization’s efforts to get more involved in advocacy. Under her leadership they have engaged their more than 250 active high school and college-age volunteers in advocacy on a statewide LGBTQ+ workplace equality measure (LB485), supporting immigration reform, increasing the minimum wage, and stopping voter suppression.
“She truly is an amazing leader,” Appleseed Child Welfare Director Sarah Helvey says of Riley. “Inclusive Communities is all about wiping out discrimination and promoting equality. The IncluCity program is an incredibly powerful program that equips young people to understand how to counteract the negative pressures that exist in our society. Many youth then take these tools and start engaging in proactive efforts to build a more inclusive Nebraska.
“Beth’s energy, drive, and passion have propelled Inclusive Communities in exciting new directions. She exemplifies the spirit of the Emerging Leader Award and we are so proud to honor her and her work.”
For her outstanding work to raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society, we are proud to present Beth Riley with the 2014 Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award.