Awards for November 2007

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Progressive Leadership Awards

For: Leaders who are advancing the struggle for social, racial and economic justice.

By: USActionWinners Include: Cheyenne Hughes, racial justice organizer for Colorado Progressive Coalition. Hughes joined the coalition in high school, became lead organizer for its 2004 voter registration drive, then built the project he now directs, the Rights and Juvenile Justice Education Campaign. Contact: (202) 263-4520, Salute to Youth Leadership Awards

For: Outstanding youth and community leaders.By: Tavis Smiley FoundationWinners Include: Dominique Harris, 21, of Chicago, a member of the foundation's National Leadership Summit Planning Committee and recent University of Pennsylvania graduate; Natalia Bailey, 18, of Houston, a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College studying international relations; Hill Harper, actor on "CSI: NY," author of Letters to a Young Brother and founder of the MANifest Your Destiny Foundation; Terri J. Vaughn, actress on "The Steve Harvey Show" and "All of Us" and founder of the Take Wings Foundation; and the UPS Foundation, for its work on hunger, literacy and volunteerism. Contact:  

Innovations in American Government Awards

For: Federal, state and local government agencies that set examples for improving citizens' quality of life.

By: The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government

Winners include: North Carolina's Community Care Program, for its work on integrated care programs for Medicaid recipients; Florida's Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency (ACCESS) program, for streamlining the application process for Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Medicaid.

Contact: (617) 495-4347,  

Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

For: Juvenile justice facilities that use PbS Learning Institute resources to effectively improve the lives of juvenile offenders.

By: Council for Juvenile Correctional Administrators and the PbS Learning Institute

Winners: The Youth Challenge Center in Custer, S.D., for reducing youth injuries; the Bethel Youth Detention Facility in Bethel, Alaska, for improving youths' sense of security; and the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston, Maine, for reducing levels of confinement.

Contact: (781) 843-2663,

Awards Available

Global Action Awards

For: U.S. high school students who have led a project that had a direct, positive impact on people in developing countries or raised awareness of global poverty.

By: NetAid, an initiative of Mercy Corps

Deadline: Jan. 31

Contact: (212) 537-0500,

Intergenerational Shared Site Recognition Program

For: Intergenerational sites and facilities that connect and serve two or more generations.

By: Generations United and MetLife Foundation.

Deadline: Dec. 31

Contact: (202) 289-3979,

William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellows Program

For: Mid-career researchers, policymakers and practitioners, to enhance their capacities to improve youth outcomes by gaining experience at the intersection of research and policy/practice.

By: The William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline: Jan. 10

Contact: (212) 752-0071,

Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

For: Distinguished journalism covering children and families in the categories of newspapers, magazines, print, television, radio, online and photojournalism.

By: Journalism Center on Children and Families and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Deadline: March 3

Contact: (301) 699-5133,