Awards for March 2008

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CWLA National Conference Awards

For: Individuals who have worked to improve the lives of children and families.

By: Child Welfare League of America

Winners: The Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families: Kevin Doran of WROC-TV8, Rochester, N.Y., for coverage of adoption; Steven Smith and Carla Savalli of the Spokesman Review in Spokane, Wash., for stories about child abuse and neglect.

Jake Mayes (right), whom CWLA recognized for connecting foster youths to mentors and potential foster families.

The Kids-to-Kids National Service Awards: Jake Mayes, 17, of Vienna, Va., who organized community activities that connected foster children with mentors and potential adoptive families; Desirae Suggs, 16, of Savannah, Ga., a member of the Chatham County Youth Commission, for coordinating and participating in service projects; Monica Wilson, 15, of Hockessin, Del., a member of the Youth Philanthropy Board of the Delaware Community Foundation, for youth advocacy and volunteer work.

Contact: (703) 412-2400,

National Awards for Citizen Diplomacy

For: People who have shown exemplary professionalism and cultural understanding in their work as citizen diplomats.

By: U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy

Greg Mortensen

Winners Include: Anjali Bhatia, 19, of Kinnelon, N.J., who founded Discover Worlds, a youth-run organization that encourages relations between the United States and Rwanda, and helps orphans and HIV/AIDS-infected youth remain in school; Khris Nedam, an elementary school teacher in Livonia, Mich., and founder of Kids4AfghanKids, which aids school restoration in Afghanistan; and Greg Mortensen of Bozeman, Mont., who co-founded Central Asia Institute, which helps bring community-based education to children in remote mountain regions.

Contact: (515) 282-7145,


Awards Available 

Intergenerational Photography Contest

For: Photographs featuring youth and senior citizens interacting, taken by people up to age 21 or age 50 and over.

By: MetLife Foundation and Generations United

Deadline: March 31

Contact: (202) 289-3979,

2008 Science and Service Awards 

For: Community-based organizations that have shown outstanding achievement in their implementation of mental health and substance abuse interventions.

By: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Deadline: March 31

Contact: (240) 276-2130,

Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. Award 

For: Individual efforts in health advocacy among culturally diverse or underserved populations.

By: American Journal of Health Promotion, California Wellness Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Deadline: April 25

Contact: (248) 682-0707,

Reel Teens Festival 2008 

For: Teen-created movies, on video or film.

By: Greene Room Media Players

Deadline: April 15

Contact: (845) 246-1598,