Outstanding Young Agent Commitee Awards
Apply for the 2017 YAC Awards Outstanding Committee Awards
The Big “I” national Young Agents Committee is accepting applications from state committees for the following awards. Please download the application and the State Vitals below. If you don't submit your state vitals with your application, your entry will be void.
Tips for the YAC Awards
- Download the application early: the deadline is July 14, but to truly leverage the application as a best practices tool, use the checklist throughout the year.
- Laser-focus: be strategic and choose one or two awards to focus on based on the passion of the committee. This can be especially rewarding for emerging committees.
- Create an application process: decide who will contribute, draft and review the application.
- Tell your story: don't be overwhelmed by the narrative. Share successes, strategies and what made your committee proud. Utilize testimonials and numbers to elaborate.
- Take your time: Don't wait until the last minute and have one person rush through the application. Take your time.
Things to know:
- Deadline for submissions is July 14 for all awards, no exceptions.
- Awards will be presented at the 2017 Young Agent Leadership Conference in Chicago. Registration coming soon.
- Breakthrough Committee recognizes a state that has not applied for an award in the last 3 years.
- Hall of Achievement recognizes a state that has earned membership development, InVEST, communications, politcal involvement, state committee project and young agent meeting since 2004.
- Who's won in the past?
- Check out webinars with the winners.
Special thanks to the Young Agent Awards Sponsors
Outstanding Young Agent of the Year
The Big "I" national Young Agents Committee will recognize a young agent who provides exemplary service to their association, community and the industry. State association staff, liaisons, other agency professionals or carrier/vendor staff may make the nominations.
Outstanding Young Agent Liaison of the Year
The Big "I" national Young Agents Committee will recognize a state liaison who has provided outstanding support and leadership to their state Young Agents program.
2017_YAC awards criteria Liaison Award Application.pdf
Applications are due on July 14, 2017 NO EXTENSIONS. Every state with an active, start-up or revitalizing committee is strongly encouraged to apply-- you've got nothing to lose!
Submission Deadline & Details
- Deadline for submissions is July 14, 2017.
- Email your completed application to YoungAgents@iiaba.net with the subject line: YAC Awards Submission.
- Activities included in your submission should have been conducted between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.
- Each committee MUST submit the entire 2017 Outstanding Young Agent Committee Awards Application packet to be considered for these awards.
- Narratives must be 500 words or less.
- Links to supporting information such as websites, brochures, photos, etc. should be provided in the narrative portion of each category.
The Evaluation Process
- Judges include Big "I" staff and Platinum Level Big "I" Young Agents sponsors should they choose to participate.
- Each judge is responsible for evaluating all entries received in one award category.
- The Outstanding Young Agents Committee (YAC) Award selection is two-fold.
- The total of their Outstanding YAC essay (a total of 50 points are available) and the average of their other awards categories in which they've submitted. Once the Outstanding YAC of the Year is selected, they are ineligible to win any other awards.
- Once judging is completed, the YAC of the Year recipient is deemed ineligible to receive an award in any other category.
- A state may win more than one award category excluding the Outstanding YAC of the Year.
- Awards will be presented at a reception during the 2017 Big "I" Young Agents Leadership Institute.
The Hall of Achievement Award
- The Hall of Achievement Award recognizes Young Agents Committees for their commitment to the industry, the association, and the awards process.
- It is given to state YACs that have earned all five (5) category awards excluding Outstanding Young Agents Committee of the Year, therefore no additional paperwork is required for this award.
- When a state YAC has won each of the following five (5) awards categories at least once – Political Involvement, InVEST Supporter, Membership Development, Community Service, and Young Agents Meeting – they have earned the Hall of Achievement Award.
- The accumulation of winnings need not be in any specific order nor in consecutive years.
- Tracking the accumulation of awards begins in 2004.
- When a state earns the Hall of Achievement Award, they are presented a plaque during the awards reception at the Big "I" Young Agents Leadership Institute.
- After receiving the Hall of Achievement Award, the state starts the process over and must once again earn each of the five (5) category awards if they wish to receive another Hall of Achievement Award.
- For example, if a state earned the Hall of Achievement Award in 2015 and goes on to win an award in each of the five (5) categories – Political Involvement, InVEST Supporter, Membership Development, Community Service, and Young Agents Meeting – over the course of the next five years, they will, once again, win the Hall of Achievement Award in 2020.