Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award
Austin Child Guidance Center is accepting nominations for the 9th 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 9th Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award. Please nominate deserving individuals under the following categories:
- Community Activist category is for an individual who is dedicated to positive outcomes for children through volunteerism and/or philanthropy.
- Community Professional category is for an individual who is dedicated to positive outcomes for children through exemplifying excellence in their profession.
The award will be presented in August in accordance with current social distancing requirements.
Selection and Recognition Process.
Finalists from each category will be selected from the nominees based on our Nomination Criteria. The Center will recognize all nominees and publicly announce Award Finalists prior to the event.
The Austin Child Guidance Center’s Board will choose the award winners and they will be revealed on stage at the Austin Originals Benefit Concert.
All Finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to attend. During the event program, each finalist and award winner will be recognized for his or her dedication to improving future outcomes for children. For more information please visit our Austin Originals page.
|Community Activist||Community Professional|
|Scope and impact of work||• How has the nominee improved the quality of life for children with their volunteer and philanthropic involvement? • What board, chair or leadership positions has the nominee held?||• How has the nominee improved the quality of life for children in their professional career? • Has the nominee been a leader in their field of (mental health, child development, health, education and/or advocacy)?|
|Length of service||• How long has the nominee been engaged in volunteerism and philanthropy?||• How long has the nominee been working on this career path to help improve children’s quality of life?|
|Event participation||• Will the nominee be able to attend the 9th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert on Aug. 21, 2020? • How has the nominee engaged their audience in regards to their nomination and event participation?||• Will the nominee be able to attend the 9th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert on Aug. 21, 2020? • How has the nominee engaged their audience in regards to their nomination and event participation?|
|Imagination & Innovation||• Has the nominee created or improved events, programs, or organizations to improve children’s quality of life?||• Has the nominee created or improved ideas, systems, or processes to improve children’s quality of life?|
|Degree of difficulty and obstacles overcome||• Has the nominee overcome obstacles and/or difficult circumstances in reaching their accomplishments?||• Has the nominee overcome obstacles and/or difficult circumstances in reaching their accomplishments?|
Nominations are due Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Please fill out the Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award - Nomination Form.
For additional questions send an email to our Development Team.
Who is Phyllis Richards?
Dr. Phyllis Richards 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. She was called upon by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s office to help organize the initiative. Within 4 months they got the program off the ground. Dr. Richards has over 60 years of dedicated service in child development and shaping service delivery to children. Her commitment toward 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. Dr. Richards’ work as board member and officer helped make the National Association for the Education of Young Children a major national voice for young children and their families. 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. Dr. Richards currently reside in her Austin and we thank her for her years of service and dedication to improving the well-being of children at ACGC and in our community. The Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award was created to honor her work and the many great works of those nominated for the award that impact the lives of children in our community.