Awards for October 2008

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BGCA Youth of the Year

Shonnetta Henry

For: Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) who have overcome obstacles, for service to their clubs and communities, academic performance and contributions to their families.


Winner: Shonnetta Henry, 18, of Denver, who was raised in a “shattered household” and has taken responsibility for helping to raise and guide her three siblings as she tries to pull them out of her family’s cycle of poverty. Henry has served as a junior staffer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, as president of the Keystone Club and as a teacher for a language program, Words Can Heal.

Contact: BGCA (404) 487-5700,

Innovations in American Government Award

Missouri’s Division of Youth Services accepts its Innovations in American Government award (left to right): DYS staffer Cleveland Allen; DYS Director Tim Decker; Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Awards; Betty Davidson, mother of Terrence Barkley; Terrence Barkley, a student at DYS’ Waverly Regional Youth Center; and DYS staffer Mitch Bennett.

Photo: Photo by Sam Kittner

For: Exemplary models of government innovation.

By: Harvard University’s Ash Institute and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Winners: The Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) for its promising philosophy in the treatment of youth offenders and curbing juvenile delinquency, which focuses on a holistic therapeutic approach rather than incarceration; Learn and Earn of North Carolina: Designed a program to increase North Carolina’s high school graduation rates to better prepare high school seniors for higher education and careers in today’s increasingly competitive job market.

Contact: Kate Hoagland (617) 495-4347,

Cheyenne Bell Leadership Award

For: Recognition of individual work benefiting young people and their families in the juvenile justice system.

By: The Center for Young Women’s Development.

Winner: Norma Hotaling, an international humanitarian and inspiration to all those in the movement to end the injustice suffered by socially disadvantaged youth and adults.

Contact: Ophelia Williams at (415) 703-8800, ext. 217,

The Heinz Award

Robert Greenstein

For: Outstanding individuals for their contributions in the areas of arts and humanities; the environment; the human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy and employment.

By: Heinz Family Foundation.

Winner of the Public Policy Award: Robert Greenstein, founder and executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Contact: (804) 788-1414,


For: Outstanding achievement in website development.

By: Web Marketing Association.

Winners Include: Terramar Marketing, for the website 2008 Summer Programs (, developed for Fairmont Private Schools in California; Trinet Internet Solutions, for the website Parkside Youth (, developed for Parkside Church in Chagrin, Ohio.