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JFK Library Foundation announces annual award recipients

The mayor of a California city and the founder of a program for prisoners to earn a college degree have been named this year’s recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards.

The award was created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics to honor two Americans every year under the age of 40 who are committed to public service in their communities, the foundation said in a statement.

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The foundation said 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.”

Aja Brown, the mayor of Compton, Calif., has worked extensively to address violence and crime and to increase jobs in the city, the foundation said. She became the youngest mayor of Compton in 2013 at the age of 31.

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Max Kenner, the founder of the Bard Prison Institute, works with students in prisons across the state of New York to help them work toward degrees from Bard College, the foundation said. Nearly 400 degrees have been awarded, and less than 2.5 percent of graduates returned to prison.

Both recipients will receive their awards at a ceremony Tuesday evening at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the foundation said.

The foundation said 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.”

Olivia Quintana can be reached at olivia.quintana@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @oliviasquintana.
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