Awards for February 2010

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Rachel Lloyd, a hero for youth

HEROES for Youth

For: Individuals who dedicate their work to providing services nationally to at-risk youth.

By: National Safe Place and Southwest Airlines.
Winner: Rachel Lloyd, founder and executive director of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), for her work against sexual exploitation and trafficking of girls and women.

Contact: (502) 635-4392,

Grawemeyer Award in Religion

For: Individuals with a unique and deep insight into the relationship between people and the divine.

By: University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Winner: Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of Chicago’s Interfaith Youth Core, for his autobiography, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation (2007).

Contact: Susan Garrett, (502) 895-3411,,

David Liederman Award

For: Innovators in leadership development and workforce practices.

By: Child Welfare League of America and the Walker Trieschman Center.

Winner: The Children’s Village, for top practices in strategic planning, management training and development, board involvement, cultural competence and leadership.

Contact: Cassaundra Rainey, (703) 412-3169,,

Awards of Excellence

By: National Network for Youth.

Justin Reed Early

Sandy Bowen

Winners: Lifetime Achievement Award – Sandy Bowen, National Safe Place executive director, for her work to expand the Safe Place model from one program in Louisville, Ky., to a network of agencies in 38 states; Golden Pen Media Award – Justin Reed Early, author of Street Child, a memoir that documents the lives and deaths of street children; Executive Leadership Award of Excellence – Elaine Gallina Spaull, executive director at The Center for Youth, Rochester, N.Y.; Champions for Homeless Youth – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Abigail English of the Center for Adolescent Health and the Law; Agency of the Year – Huckleberry Youth Programs, San Francisco.

Contact: (202) 783-7949,