Removing barriers, creating pipelines, retention and development activities, support
Youth: King Street Youth Center and the >Boys and Girls club for all the great work they do to ensure that all youth, especially underserved and under-resourced students holistically succeed. We also have to recognize them for being great Champlain partners
Community: Association of Africans living in Vermont for the incredible work being done to ensure that refugees and immigrants become fully participating and contributing members of the community
Voices for Vermont's Children's Parents for Change project supported by the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation - nominated by United Way of Chittenden County. Voices received a Lead Community Partner grant to engage marginalized parents and community members in the high school transformation efforts taking place in Burlington and Winooski school districts. The staff has done a fantastic job reaching out to parents from the new American community and now reaching out to parents and families living in poverty. The staff has facilitated very productive discussions with parents and school officials. They have coached Hal Colston and Martha Maksym in designing more inclusive meetings that truly honor the contributions ALL Steering Committee members bring to our discussions. They are consistently a voice for those who are not at the table and whose perspective may be absent from the discussions. Martha notes how she deeply appreciates the way they have challenged her thinking and leadership of the Partnership for Change Steering Committee.
Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Family Room - nominated by the Association of Africans Living in Vermont. The VNA Family Room provides free services to parents and their children from birth through five years including preschool play groups, and parent education and support programs. AALV commends the VNA family room for programs like The Fathers and Children Together (F.A.C.T.) program that offers parent education, dad-to-dad peer support and weekly parent-child activities to foster strong relationships.
Sara Holbrook Center - nominated by the Burlington Boys and Girls Club for supporting New American children and families for decades in Burlington. Sara Holbrook Center was formed in the 1930's to help support new arrivals to America find the resources needed to succeed in Burlington and in Vermont. The Sara Holbrook Center has been actively and steadfastly working on diversity issues in our city for many decades. Their good work deserves to be recognized for encouraging diversity in all the most positive ways.
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) - nominated by the King Street Center. The agency encompasses 11 programs that seek to serve those living in poverty. As our community shifts and changes, so does CVOEO. Its mission is to addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence. CVOEO's Executive Director, Jan Demers, has captured the urgency and strength of this organization in her letter in the Annual Report. King Street Center's Executive Director includes this letter (the .pdf link below) with her nomination. "Her words describe the spirit of CVOEO far better than I can", says Vicky. "I am in awe of Jan's leadership - she is truly a most remarkable asset for our community."http://www.cvoeo.org/fileLibrary/file_1.pdf
Climate and Intergroup Relations
Creating a welcoming and inclusive climate
Sodexo at Champlain College - for being so much more than a partner and for all of the ways they recognize cultural holidays and celebrate cultures.
Community Justice Center - nominated by ECHO for all the good work they do providing a safe environment for members of the community to come together and listen to one another and resolve conflict.
Education and Scholarship and Institutional Viability and Vitality
The United Way is known as a convener and a hub, pulling in multiple partners and stakeholders to ensure that the whole community is served. They really do it all.
ECHO for its efforts to both provide educational opportunities that speak to the needs of the community and to make sure that these are truly community events is absolutely awe inspiring