Nominations Open for Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award

Nominations Open for Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award

Austin Child Guidance Center is accepting nominations for the 7th Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award.

Do you know someone who exemplifies excellence in improving outcomes for children?
Austin Child Guidance Center is accepting nominations for the 7th Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award. Please nominate deserving individuals under each category.

Two Categories for Nomination:
• Community Activist: for an individual who is dedicated to positive outcomes for children through volunteerism and/or philanthropy.
• Community Professional: for an individual who is dedicated to positive outcomes for children through exemplifying excellence in their profession.

Nomination criteria:
• A letter of recommendation, no more than 500 words, that describes how nominee has made great strides in improving the quality of life for children locally and/or nationally within any of the following fields: mental health, child development, education, primary health, basic needs, art, or advocacy
• Recommendation should give testimony to the individual’s commitment to public service for children.
• Include articles, awards, or other documentation of the nominee’s accomplishments and charitable works. When writing, please consider the following service areas: impact of work, degree of difficulty, obstacles encountered within the field during time of service, imagination, innovation, number of lives touched and length of service.
• Nominee Must be Present to Win on August 18, 2018 at the Austin Originals Benefit Concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Please confirm availability of the nominee before nominating

Selection Process:
The Austin Child Guidance Center’s Board of Directors will select three finalists per category. The Center will publicly announce Award Finalists and accomplishments prior to the event. All Finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the event. During the event program, each finalist and award winner will be recognized for his or her dedication to improving future outcomes for children.

To submit your nomination, please fill out the nomination form, your letter of recommendation, and relevant documents to: khaney@austinchildguidance.org.

About Dr. Phillis Richards:

Dr. Phyllis Richards has over 60 years of dedicated service in child development and shaping service delivery to children. Her commitment to ensuring that all children have access to quality early childhood education and mental health services has created long-term impacts for thousands of children. She served as a faculty member for The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Human Ecology Division of Human Development and Family Sciences for forty years. She was a visionary leader and researcher in the field of early childhood education and development, and worked vigorously to help establish the Head Start program on a national level. In her five years of service on the Austin Child Guidance Center’s Board of Directors, she was influential in helping the Center become the first site in Central Texas to provide mental health services to children who were victims of sexual abuse.