Curbelo to Receive 2017 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award

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Washington, D.C., November 13, 2017 | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, has been named one of this year’s recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. The awards will be presented by Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson, during a ceremony on November 16 at 6:00pm at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics in Boston, Massachusetts.

The other recipient is May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, a leading campaign in the fight to address climate change.

“I’m grateful to the John F. Kennedy Library and & Jack Schlossberg for this generous recognition,” Curbelo said. “Public officials have a responsibility to our constituents and future generations to present a united front to combat anti-climate policies and to have a productive, fact-based dialogue about market-oriented solutions, investments, and innovations that could mitigate the effects of climate change and make our nation more resilient. I am fortunate for the opportunity to do the work of bringing colleagues in Congress together to confront this great challenge and secure the future.”

“With his vision for a New Frontier, President Kennedy challenged young Americans to take on great challenges, solve complex problems and work for a better future”said Schlossberg, who is a member of the New Frontier Awards Committee. “May Boeve and Congressman Carlos Curbelo have each answered President Kennedy’s call to action in our time, taking on the greatest challenge facing the world today – climate change. They remind us that everyone, private citizens and elected officials alike, can make a difference.”

BACKGROUND ON THE NEW FRONTIER AWARDS

Created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School, the New Frontier Awards honor Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service. The awards are presented annually to two exceptional individuals whose contributions in elective office, community service, or advocacy demonstrate the impact and the value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy. 

One of the New Frontier Awards honors an elected official whose work demonstrates the importance of elective service as a way to address a public challenge or challenges.  This award, called the Fenn Award, is presented to a young elected official in honor of Dan Fenn, the Kennedy Library’s first director and a former member of President Kennedy’s staff.  The other New Frontier Award honors an individual whose contributions in the realm of community service, advocacy or grassroots activism have had a positive impact on a broad public policy issue or challenge.

At the New Frontier Awards ceremony, Jack Schlossberg will present Boeve and Curbelo each with a ship’s navigational compass in a wooden box bearing the inscription: “We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier….I believe the times demand new invention, innovation, imagination, decision. I am asking each of you to be pioneers on that New Frontier.”  – John F. Kennedy.

The New Frontier Awards are named after President Kennedy's bold challenge to Americans given in his acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention on July 15, 1960:

“We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier…a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils -- a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats. The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises -- it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them. It appeals to their pride, not to their pocketbook -- it holds out the promise of more sacrifice instead of more security…. Beyond that frontier are the uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus. It would be easier to shrink back from that frontier, to look to the safe mediocrity of the past, to be lulled by good intentions and high rhetoric…but I believe the times demand new invention, innovation, imagination, decision. I am asking each of you to be pioneers on that New Frontier.”

A distinguished bipartisan committee of political and community leaders selected Boeve and Curbelo based on their contributions to the public and their embodiment of the forward-looking public idealism to which President Kennedy hoped young Americans would aspire. 

For more information visit the Kennedy Presidential Library’s website at www.jfklibrary.org or the Institute of Politics’ website atwww.iop.harvard.edu.

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