Courageous Advocacy Awards

As a group seeking to assure that adolescent females and young women in the juvenile justice system receive equitable services, the Iowa Task Force for Young Women recognizes that it takes committed professionals at all levels of service provision and policy making to create meaningful, comprehensive, and lasting change in how girls are served. To honor these efforts the Task Force annually recognizes a Service Provider, an Administrator and a Policy Shaper who demonstrate the characteristics of Courageous Advocacy.

The Task Force also recognizes that it takes considerable courage for girls and young women in Iowa to thrive in spite of the challenges so many of them face. For this reason the Task Force also recognizes a Courageous Girl or Young Woman, age 10 to 24, who has demonstrated determination in overcoming adversity in her life and/or in challenging sexist treatment of girls in her community.

2012 Courageous Advocacy Nomination Form PDF OR Word

2011 Award Winners

Policy Shaper – No nominees in the Policy Shaper category this year

Administrator – Julie Snyder-Yuly
“In her extensive administrative career of over 12 years working for the Carrie Chap0man Catt Center, Julie has advocated, educated, empowered and been an activist for young women in the ISU community…She strives to eliminate hierarchies in boards she chairs and oversees; really striving to utilize the feminist leadership model.”

Service Provider – Ellen Folkers-Jenkins
“Ellen has molded me professionally by teaching patience, giving support, demonstrating forgiveness and advocating for the broken. Ellen is always encouraging to stay positive and to keep smiling. Ellen is truly an inspiration to young professionals, colleagues and above all else the girls.”

Young Woman – Nia Johnson
“Nia has created an informal feminist club that has meetings on the weekend at her house…Her group discusses social issues related to feminism and gender such as body image, eating disorders, violence against women, rape culture and the impact of pop culture on gender relations across cultures.”

2010 Award Winners

Policy Shaper – Rachel Williams
Administrator – No nominees in the Administrator category this year
Service Provider – Ali Rorah and Laura Swift
Young Woman – Anna Meister

2009 Award Winners

Policy Shaper - No nominees in the Policy Shaper category this year
Administrator – No nominees in the Administrator category this year
Service Provider – Gretchen Critelli
Young Woman – Jazmin Wade

2008 Award Winners

Policy Shaper - No nominees in the Policy Shaper category this year
Administrator – Sue Nelson
Young Woman – Tiffany Wilson

2007 Award Winners

Policy Shaper - No nominees in the Policy Shaper category this year
Administrator - Charlotte Nelson
Service Provider - Isabell Lewis
Young Woman - No nominees in the Young Woman category this year

2006 Award Winners

Policy Shaper - Senator John Putney & Representative Lance Horbach
Administrator - Rhonda Chittenden
Service Provider - Jenny Ross
Young Woman - Rita Constance Alexandria Clark

2005 Award Winners

Policy Shaper - There were no nominees for the Policy Shaper category this year.
Administrator - Margaret Conrad
Service Provider - Sheryl Williams
Young Woman - Christina Kelton

2004 Award Winners

Denise Hotopp - Policy Shaper
Kathleen Horan - Administrator
Jackie Gonzalez - Service Provider.
Mandi Borst - Young Woman

2003 Award Winners

Policy Shaper – Dave Kuker
Administrator – Deb Hanus
Service Provider – Chris Lande
Young Woman – Katelyn Crum

2002 Award Winners

Policy Shaper – Senator Johnie Hammond
Administrator – Candice Bennett
Service Provider – Diana Reeder
Young Woman – Hope Avery

2001 Award Winners

Policy Shaper – Kathy Fejes, Ph.D.
Administrator – Sharon Miller and Rita Ferneau
Service Provider – Roxie Tullis
Young Woman – Kathryn Wilson


2000 Award Winners

Policy Shaper – Lori Rinehart
Administrator – Judy Davis
Service Provider – Gwen Seward-Lewis

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