Going into our 27th year, the Justin Wynn Fund (JWF) celebrates, honors and guides youth leaders of Evanston. Our mission is to help Wynners develop leadership skills and a deep sense of responsibility for improving their communities.
Each spring, the Justin Wynn Fund honors two fourth graders from each of District 65′s twelve elementary schools. Approximately 350 Evanstonians attend the celebration banquet that recognizes the young Wynners. Over the past 20 years, more than 300 students have received the Justin Wynn Award and all have played a role in celebrating Justin’s legacy. Each of the fourth grade honorees may choose to participate in the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.
The Fund was created in 1987 when Justin Wynn died in an accident at the age of 9. Though just beginning his life, Justin exemplified the qualities of leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship. Through Justin’s tragic death, we have been inspired to sustain and encourage many of Evanston’s youth, a diverse group of fourth through twelfth graders who are brimming with potential as future leaders.