OCP staff Loretta Williams holds the Neighborhood Advocate Award.
Others representing the partnership staff partner agencies and ACS (sitting from
left) are Analiz Figueroa, Zada Gaines, Shannon Mancuso and Alba Valencia.
Back row from left, are John Rios, Diedre Sutton, Peter Mokwuah, Nigel
Nathaniel, Eva Gordon, Ebenezer Ademwagun, Osman Boakye, Melvin Alston, Charlene
Stuart, and Terry Ali, Annie E. Casey Foundation consultant.
The Neighborhood Advocate Award for support of children and families in
Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, was presented recently to Children's Services.
Commissioner John B. Mattingly accepted the award, which is presented annually
by the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic (NTAC) to leaders of
organizations that support projects on the front lines of neighborhood life.
Commissioner Mattingly noted that the award was being given in recognition of
the work of the Children's Services Office of Community Partnerships (OCP),
which has been supporting neighborhood-based services and building collaboration
through the Community Partnerships Initiative (CPI.) He asked Neighborhood
Technical Assistance Clinic for its continued support of the community
partnerships and for Children's Services overall work in the community,
especially as the agency moves forward in providing services to more young
people as a result of the merger of Children's Services with the Department of
Nigel Nathaniel, Director of the Office of Community Partnerships, said he
was grateful for the recognition and that Children's Services places a high
priority on building community relationships. "We are working with communities
to create a city in which people and systems with different strengths and
perspectives work together for the safety of children and families."
The Community Partnerships are located in 11 communities throughout NYC that
includes community constituents, Children's Services, child welfare agencies,
Head Start and Child Care provider agencies and other stakeholders that explore
innovative, community-based strategies that can work to improve child welfare
outcomes for New York City's children. Each partnership is designed to improve
the well-being of children and families in the child welfare system and reduce
the use of foster care services in their community. The partnership participants
engage in joint planning, service coordination, training and advocacy in the
four tasks of the CPI, which are to improve the coordination of the delivery of
child welfare services, promote greater community involvement in keeping
children safe, support and recruit foster parents and help to facilitate visits
between parents and their children in foster care.
Other awardees were Gladys Carrion, Commissioner of the New York State Office
of Children and Families; Rev. John Vaughn, Program Director, the Twenty-First
Century Foundation; Ana L. Oliveira, president & CEO, New York Women's
Foundation and Yvonne Riley-Tepie, Assistant Vice President Marketing, TD Bank.
The award was first held in 1998 and to date more than 32 New York City
philanthropic executives have been honored.
Also present at the ceremony were Valerie Oliver Durrah, President & CEO
of NTAC, Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson, pastor of Concord Baptist Church where the
event was held, presenter Kate Sullivan, CBS2 Co-Anchor and Brooklyn Borough
President, Marty Markowitz.