Making hope a reality: Casey Family Programs recognizes outstanding leadership by Center for Native American Youth and Appalachian Regional Commission

Casey Family Programs is pleased to recognize the work of two outstanding organizations and partners with a Casey Excellence for Children Award. For their extraordinary efforts to improve the lives of our most vulnerable children and their families, the Center for Native American Youth and the Appalachian Regional Commission were recognized at the “Making Hope a Reality” dinner for policymakers and stakeholders in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2015.

We present these awards twice a year to honor the work of leaders and community members who are dedicated to building Communities of Hope across this great nation.

“The work of the Center for Native American Youth and the Appalachian Regional Commission represents the kind of innovation that can change the national conversation about how we can collectively ensure that all children are safe, loved and reach their full potential,” said Dr. William C. Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs.

Erin Bailey, CNAY
Erin Bailey accepts the award on behalf of the Center for Native American Youth

Founded in 2011, the Center for Native American Youth has developed into a leading voice and advocate for one of the most underserved and under-invested populations in this country – young people of Native American ancestry and culture. The Center, a program of the Aspen Institute, is connecting philanthropies with Native communities to support their efforts to grow opportunities for children and families in Indian Country, including through a well-attended April convening with the White House.

Through meaningful partnerships with government, communities and academia, the Center has been successful in inspiring youth, elected leaders and all who seek to support the social and physical well-being of Native youth. The Center is creating growing momentum across the United States to improve the lives and futures of Native American children and families. The award was accepted by Erin Bailey, executive director.

The Appalachian Regional Commission is pioneering important work on sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia, spanning the work of federal, state and local governments. The Commission is helping children across the 13 states of Appalachia thrive by providing better educational programs, improved economic and job opportunities, and a stronger regional infrastructure.

Earl Gohl, Appalachian Regional Commission
Earl Gohl accepts the award recognizing the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Commission funds hundreds of projects that create thousands of new jobs and help lift Appalachian residents out of poverty and into competitive job skills and training. The Commission is also working to address the epidemic of substance abuse by sharing best practices and effective interventions through regular meetings and webinars. It has built trusted partnerships among governors in the Appalachian region and with local counties, elected officials and their communities.

The award was accepted by Earl Gohl, federally appointed co-chair of the Commission since 2010.

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