The Juvenile Welfare Board (JWB) Children’s Services Council of Pinellas County announced that Caroline Brown is the winner of the 18th Annual Cooperman-Bogue KidsFirst Award. She is a program coordinator and youth worker at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center.
The Cooperman-Bougue KidsFirst Awards honors those who go above and beyond the call of their human services job duties to improve the lives of Pinellas County’s children. Brown was presented the annual award and a check for $2,000 at the Cooperman-Bogue KidsFirst Awards Luncheon on April 5, 2012.
Caroline plans and implements programs to benefit children and families in the High Point community. Among her accomplishments in 2011 were securing a grant to provide a Seeds 2 Soup program where neighborhood families grow their own food at a community garden and then attend free cooking classes at Pinellas Technical Education Center (PTEC). She has also organized a Day of Design for the past two years at which 75 students from the Pinellas County Schools’ English for Speakers of Second Languages (ESOL) program learn about careers in fashion, design, cosmetology and culinary arts from professionals in those fields. Brown also teaches painting to children and adults at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center.
JWB chooses four individuals a year to win the quarterly award of $500. An annual winner is then selected to receive a $2,000 grand prize. Caroline is the 2011 winner of the grand prize. Prizes are sponsored by Transamerica, Alltrust Insurance, Regions Bank and Bright House Networks.
The Cooperman-Bogue KidsFirst Awards are named in honor of Leonard Cooperman and Judge Lincoln C. Bogue, two men whose concern and dedication for at risk children were instrumental in the creation of the JWB Children’s Services Council. The nomination period is now open for 2012 with the first quarterly deadline extended to May 1st. Nominations may be made at www.JWBpinellas.org/kidsfirst-nominations or contact Eddie Burch, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, at (727) 547-5676 to receive a nomination brochure.
The JWB Children’s Services Council of Pinellas County (JWB) is the nation’s first Children’s Services Council. JWB was established in 1946 as the first county-wide agency dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. JWB utilizes dedicated property tax revenue to fund services to the children and working families of Pinellas County through our partners, including non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and grassroots community groups.
JWB supports the healthy development of all children and their families in Pinellas County through advocacy, research, planning, training, communications, coordinating of resources and funding. For more information on the JWB Children’s Services Council of Pinellas County, call 727-547-5600.