Awards for September 2002

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YouthActionNet Award
For: Recognizing youth leading positive change throughout the world; winners receive $500.
By: International Youth Foundation.
Winners include: Sarah Davidson and Shana Kirsch, both 20, and from California, founders of Conversation Peace, a group dedicated to fostering discussion and peaceful strategies in the Middle East.
Contact: (410) 951-1500,

The Excellence in Media Child Advocacy Award

For: Exemplary print or broadcast presentation of critical child or family policy issues.
By: National Association of Child Advocates.
Winners: Jack Kresnak, reporter for the Detroit Free Press, for continued coverage of youth-related issues; and The Roanoke Times and The Virginian-Pilot for their “strong record of progressive editorial stances on children’s issues.”
Contact: (202) 289-0777,

The Leadership in Philanthropy Child Advocacy Award

For: Consistently demonstrating leadership and commitment to children.
By: National Association of Child Advocates.
Winner: Margaret T. Morris Foundation, which donated more than $500,000 for the Children’s Action Alliance in Arizona, a group that works on child welfare issues.
Contact: (202) 289-0777,

Job Corps Hall of Fame Award
For: Achievement by a Job Corps graduate.
By: U.S. Department of Labor.
Winner: Bruce Ford of Chamberlain, S.D., a high school principal who attended the Pine Ridge, S.D., Job Corps from 1968 to 1969.
Contact: (866) 487-2365,

Next Generation Leadership Fellowship

For: An outstanding leader committed to developing solutions to the problems facing American democracy.
By: The Rockefeller Foundation Winner: Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, a youth advocacy organization.
Contact: (800) 343-7060,

NIKE Youth Action Awards

For: Ten youth and youth organizations that successfully implemented a service project during National Youth Service Day; winners receive a $500 grant.
By: Nike Inc. and Youth Service America.
Winners include: The Emerald Youth Foundation, Knoxville, Tenn., for the The Graffiti Busters Club that cleaned five area communities; Hell’s Kitchen AIDS Project, New York, for the Homework Help program for high schoolers to tutor younger children.
Contact: Youth Service America, (202) 296-2992,