SOURCE: The Children's Trust

The Children's Trust

November 09, 2009 16:18 ET

The Children's Trust Announces 2009 Champion for Children Award Recipients

Additional Individuals and Organizations to Be Recognized at Their Annual Event Friday, November 13th

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - November 9, 2009) - Helene J. Good will be the recipient of the 2009 Champion for Children Award, presented by The Children's Trust on Friday, November 13th at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, noon - 2 p.m. This year, this principle award will be renamed in honor of our founding chair, David Lawrence Jr. Now in its fifth year, The Children's Trust Champion for Children's Awards Ceremony raises awareness about the needs of children in the community and serves to inspire others to work toward improving the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

Helene J. Good will receive the 2009 David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award for a lifetime of achievement and dedication to children. For more than 26 years, Ms. Good has served as president and CEO of CCDH, the county's lead agency providing services for persons with disabilities, and she continues to make a positive impact daily on those in her care.

Senator Nan H. Rich will be the recipient of the 2009 Excellence Award for Public Policy for effectively championing children's causes through influencing public policy. Sen. Rich is recognized as among the most passionate and leading champions of children's and social justice issues in the Florida Legislature. In the 2009 session and after a prolonged political battle, she was instrumental in securing a monumental victory, the passage of KidCare legislation. She also sponsored legislation that created an educational surrogate for foster care children with developmental disabilities in the school system. Sen. Rich will be the first woman to lead the State Senate Democratic Caucus when she begins her 2-year term next year.

The Champion for Children Award Ceremony will also recognize several other agencies and individuals:

-- Aldo Garcia of ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. will be recognized with the 2009 Excellence Award for Public Service for showing selfless dedication in the direct service of children. During his 30 years of working and mentoring children, including 12 with ASPIRA, Mr. Garcia has developed a reputation as a passionate, dedicated leader who puts children first.

-- I Have a Dream Overtown will be the recipient of the Youth Development Programming Award for providing exemplary services to children ages 6 - 18. Based on a model that launched in Harlem in the early 1980s, I Have a Dream Overtown began at Miami's Phyillis Wheatley Elementary in 2003. That first year, 51 first grade students were made an offer: Stick with us, stay in school and we'll pay your way through college.

-- University of Miami-Department of Pediatrics Families First Program will receive the 2009 Excellence Award for Early Childhood Programming for providing exemplary services to children ages birth - 5. The program provides a culturally competent, interactive and strength-based curriculum to a broad and diverse population. Using curriculum such as Baby and Me and Strengthening Multi-ethnic Families and Communities, Families First bases its efforts on high-quality, evidence-based research.

-- The Bertha Abess Children's Center will be the recipient of the 2009 Excellence Award for Programs for Children with Disabilities for providing exemplary services to children with special needs. The center has provided after-school and summer services for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:

    Eloise E. Rodriguez
    Bristol Public Relations
    786-326-2221 Mobile
    305-447-6300 Office

    Sandra Camacho
    The Children's Trust
    305-571-5700 Office
    305-742-5123 Mobile