Awards for March 2009

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Recycling pays for the winner of the Trash to Treasure competition.

Trash to Treasure Competition

For: A national challenge to kids to take everyday discarded or recycled material and turn it into functional projects.

By: PBS’ Design Squad, the Intel Foundation and By Kids for Kids Co. (BKFK).

Winner: Grand Prize: Max Wallack, 12, of Natick, Mass., for his Home Dome, made from discarded plastic and Styrofoam peanuts, which provides temporary shelter to the homeless and displaced victims of natural disasters. Max worked on a full-scale version of his project with designers at Continuum, a design and innovation consultancy in West Newton, Mass.

Contact: John Forrester (BKFK), (323) 702-3684,

CWLA National Conference Awards

For: Individuals, groups and organizations that are committed to helping children and families and their communities.

By: Child Welfare League of America.

Winners: The Kids-to-Kids National Service Awards: Jonathan Freeman, 15, of Tampa, Fla., who raised $3,000 to launch his project and collected backpacks, school supplies and a disposable camera for 370 children and families within the Florida Kinship Center in Hillsborough County; Laniee Burnette, 15, of New Haven, Conn., who tutors seventh- to ninth-graders in math and history, for her involvement in building a new library in the Columbus Avenue section of New Haven, and for her personal accomplishment of overcoming homelessness. The Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism in Behalf of Children and Families: Lane DeGregory, a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, for her on-going coverage of at-risk children and controversial subjects involving child abuse and neglect.

Contact: (703) 412-2400,

Awards Available

Captain Planet Grant

For: Organizations that promote understanding of environmental issues, support hands-on environmental projects and involve children and young adults from ages 6 to 18.

By: Captain Planet Foundation.

Deadline: March 31 and June 30.

Contact: Taryn Murphy, (404) 522-4270,

Join Hands Day Excellence Awards

For: Groups, clubs, organizations or society chapters that involve youth and adult partnerships in neighborhood or community development.

By: Join Hands Day.

Deadline: June 1.

Contact: (630) 522-6322, or

Daily Point of Light Award

For: Individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to meeting critical needs and solving problems in their communities.

By: Points of Light Institute.

Deadline: Rolling.

Contact: (202) 729-8184,

Mix It Up Grants

For: Small-scale, youth-directed activist projects and programs that focus on an ongoing commitment to identifying, crossing and challenging social boundaries in schools and communities.

By: Teaching Tolerance.

Deadline: Rolling.

Contact: or

Red, White and Green Climate Change Grant

For: U.S. citizens between the ages of 15 and 25 who implement environmentally friendly practices among their peers and community and engage public officials in their projects to affect environmental public policy.

By: Youth Service America and the Civil Service Institute.

Deadline: April.

Contact: (202) 296-2992,

World of Children Awards

By: World of Children.

Deadline: April 17, for all three awards.

Contact: (925) 399-6411,

Humanitarian Award

For: An individual with a nonprofit who has created, managed or supported a sustainable program for children in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services. The individual must have been doing this or related work for at least 10 years.

Health Award

For: An individual with a nonprofit who has created, managed or supported a sustainable program that has contributed significantly to improved health for children. The individual must have been doing this or related work for at least 10 years.

Founder's Youth Award

For: Individuals with nonprofits, age 21 and under, who are making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children.