Awards for November 2002

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National Youth of the Year

For: Outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club. The winner receives a $10,000 scholarship.

By: Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Reader’s Digest sponsors the scholarship.

Winner: Donald Smith, 18, of the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley, Ladmo Branch, Tempe, Ariz. Smith was president of his high school class and of a teen leadership club, and helped his older sister through a serious respiratory illness last year.

Contact: (404) 487-5894,

Leadership IS Award

For: Nonprofit organizations that have developed exemplary programs to identify and nurture their future leadership.

By: Independent Sector.

Winner: ASPIRA Association, an education and leadership development program for Puerto Rican and Latino youth.

Contact: (202) 467-6100,

Pro Humanitate Literary Award

For: Outstanding literary achievement in the field of child welfare.

By: Center for Child Welfare Policy, through the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare.

Distinguished Service – Dan Schneider, director, National Network for Child Safety, Columbus, Ohio, for promoting best practice through child welfare advocacy. Book – Yehudi O. Webster, Against the Multicultural Agenda. Articles – Mark Chaffin, Barbara L. Bonner and Robert F. Hill, “Family Preservation and Family Support Programs: Child Maltreatment Outcomes Across Client Risk Levels and Program Types”; Toni Terling Watt, “Permanency in Kinship Care: An Exploration of Disruption Rates and Factors Associated with Placement Disruption”; Julien Teitler and Sara McLanahan, “The Consequences of Father Absence.”

Contact: (614) 252-0725,

Leadership for a Changing World

For: Achievement in tackling difficult social problems. Each of the 20 awardees for 2002 receives $100,000 to advance his or her work and $30,000 for “supporting activities” over two years.

By: Ford Foundation, in partnership with the Advocacy Institute and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Winners Include: LeeAnn Hall, executive director, Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, Seattle, for work that includes helping to add children to the Children’s Health Insurance Program and stopping Idaho from cutting its funding for the program; and Gerry F. Roll, executive director, Hazard Perry County Community Ministries, Hazard, Ky., for housing programs that include creating child care centers for low-income families.

Contact: (202) 777-7560,

Outstanding Young Volunter of the Year

For: Outstanding volunteer service to the community in 2002. Open to anyone ages 12 to 15. Winner receives a $5,000 U.S. savings bond and a trip to Washington, D.C.

By: The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Deadline: Dec. 15.

Contact: Francine Cornish, Youth Activities Chairman, (202) 635-7901,