Awards for October 2007

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Disruptive Innovations in Health and Health Care

For: U.S. or global nonprofits, for-profits, or public entities that are developing “disruptive innovations” in the health care field. A disruptive innovation refers to a technology, process or business model that disrupts a market by introducing a new product or service that it is simpler and more affordable than the standard version.

By: Changemakers, an initiative of Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson


‘Disruptive’ winners: Diane Flannery (left) and Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, co-directors of the UCLA Semel Institute Global Center for Children and Families.

Winners Include: The Family Coaching Clinics project of the UCLA Semel Institute Global Center for Children and Families. The concept of the clinics is to increase access to mental health care by providing preventive mental health services based in shopping malls, in hopes of addressing routine child development challenges before they grow into lasting problems.

Contact: (703) 527-8300,

The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award

For: Individuals who are determined to improve outcomes for discouraged children and youth.

By: Reclaiming Youth International

Winner: Joe Padilla, a retired Army officer from Gainesville, Va. Padilla directs the National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe Program, which helps unemployed high school dropouts advance their educations, serve their communities and learn job skills.

Contact: (888) 647-2532,

Family Strengthening Awards

For: National Council of La Raza affiliates who help communities meet education, housing, employment, health and advocacy needs.

By: National Council of La Raza and the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Winners: Conexión Américas, Nashville, Tenn.; Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations; El Hogar del Niño, Chicago; Luz Social Services, Tucson, Ariz.; and Tiburcio Vásquez Health Center, Union City, Calif.

Contact: (202) 785-1670,

Family Preservation Institute Awards

For: Creative and courageous family-serving agencies and individuals.

By: The Family Preservation Institute at the School of Social Work at New Mexico State University

Winners Include: The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, which promotes family preservation to decrease the child welfare system’s dependency on foster care; Carolyne Rodriquez, director of Texas State Strategy, a Casey Family Programs collaboration to improve youth outcomes.

Richard Wexler, National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

Getting Beyond the System Fellowship 

For: Individuals who have made extraordinary efforts in helping young people make the transition out of foster care, using the Youth Advocacy Center’s Getting Beyond the System model.

By: The Youth Advocacy Center and the Taconic Foundation

Winners: Chuck Caputo, director of training at New York Foundling Hospital; Tamika Attaway-Fleming, supervisor of specialists at SCO Family of Services, Glen Cove, N.Y.; Cecilia Rutledge, director of youth development at SCO Family of Services.

Contact: (212) 675-6181,

National Youth of the Year

For: Boys & Girls Club members who have overcome obstacles to make outstanding contributions to their families, schools and communities.

By: Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Reader’s Digest Foundation

Winner: Demetrice Tuttle, 18, West Point, Ga., who showed exceptional responsibility in caring for his household when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, and extended his leadership skills into the community as Keystone Club president, public speaker, tutor and mentor.

Contact: (404) 487-5700,

MacArthurther Fellows

For: 24 creative and courageous individuals who are making a difference in a wide rage of fields. Winners receive $500,000 over five years to support their work.

By: The John D. and Catherine T. Mac- Arthur Foundation

Winners Include: Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, which works to bridge the gap between high school and college for at-risk youth by using unconventional criteria to identify promising students in inner-city schools, providing them with intensive college training and partnering with college-admissions officials.

Contact: (312) 726-8000