Awards for February 2003

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Coming Up Taller Awards

For: Excellence in after-school and arts programs. Programs receive $10,000 each.
By: President’s Commission on the Arts and the Humanities.
Winners Include: Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, N.C., for the Youth Document Durham program; Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, San Pablo, Calif., for the Community Heritage Project; and Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New York, for the Museum Team Afterschool Program.
Contact: (202) 682-5409,

USAID Citation Award

For: Recognition of volunteerism in international development.
By: United States Agency for International Development, Europe and Eurasia Region.
Winner: Kay Lauren Miller, a freshman at Georgetown University, whose Reading Offers Amazing Rewards has distributed 60,000 books in the United States and abroad since 1998.
Contact: (202) 712-4810,

YouthActionNet Awards

For: Young leaders working to bring positive social change to their communities. Winners receive $500.
By: International Youth Foundation and Nokia.
Winners Include: Orlando Cormier, New Orleans, founder of economic development nonprofit Cormier Cares.
Contact: International Youth Foundation: (410) 951-2328,

California Peace Prize

For: Individuals whose efforts have helped prevent violent deaths and injuries in California communities.
By: The California Wellness Foundation.
Winners: Joseph Myers, director of the National Indian Justice Center, a technical assistance organization for tribal governments on Indian reservations; Raja Rahim, a longtime volunteer among women’s violence prevention organizations; and Wayne Sakamoto, who helped develop Project COURAGE, teaching college students about community intervention and violence prevention.
Contact: (818) 593-6600,

Bill Ellis Teacher Preparation Award

For: Educators who demonstrate
special commitment to supporting
students, including those with learning disabilities, in general education
By: National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Winner: Francine Cummings, a teacher and administrator with the Scottdale Child Development Center in Scottdale, Ga.
Contact: (212) 545-7510,