Awards for September 2007

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Kathy Cloninger

ABA Child Advocacy Award

For: Dinstinguished service for children by members of the American Bar Association (ABA).

By: ABA Young Lawyers Division

Winners: Leecia Welch, senior attorney, National Center for Youth Law, for leading a successful class-action lawsuit to reform Utah’s foster care system; Gail Chang Bohr, executive director, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, for her work since 1995 on foster children’s rights.


Essence of Leadership Awards

For: High-impact achievers in health and human services.

By: National Human Services Assembly

Winners: Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girls Scouts of the USA, for her innovative changes in the organization; Rodney Slater, former chairman of the United Way of America Board of Trustees, for his contributions to Gulf Coast recovery efforts and other achievements; John F. Huckstadt, chairman and CEO of 501(c) Services, which helps nonprofits take advantage of a federal law that reimburses them for unemployment costs.

Contact: (202) 347-2080, ext. 16,  

Excellence in Summer Learning Program Awards

For: Summer programs that accelerate academic achievement and positive development for young people.

By: Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning

Winners: Summerbridge Pittsburgh, which works with middle school students on math, language arts, wellness and public speaking; Morry’s Camp, an outdoor camp for youth from the New York City metropolitan area; SuperKids Camp, an intensive six-week literacy-based program for Baltimore elementary schoolers.

Contact: (443) 287-9960,  

Megahn Elizabeth Bufford

Generations United 20th Anniversary Awards

For: Organizations and individuals who have made sustained contributions to intergenerational programs.

By: Generations United

Winners: Josefina G. Carbonell, secretary for aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former CEO of the Hispanic intergenerational care group Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers; Megahn Elizabeth Bufford, 18, president of Teens with Opinions, a group for teens and tweens being raised by grandparents and other relatives; Martin Rubin, a mentor at the Children’s Home Society MODEL in Palm Beach County, Fla.; Patricia Elaine Owens, president of Grandfamilies of America, a national

Sheri Hooper

network of relative caregivers; Macklin Intergenerational Institute, a shared site program in Findlay, Ohio; Westchester Consortium for Gerotechnology Research, for its evaluation of intergenerational services; Sheri Hooper, founder of the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids museum in Gainesville, Ga.; MetLife Foundation, for ongoing support of intergenerational programs.

Contact: (202) 289-3979,