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Fifteen Young Writers Honored at The College Board

Fifteen Young Writers Honored at The College Board On May 30, 2018, Represent magazine celebrated the outstanding writing, persistence, and achievements of 15 young people at the 20th Annual Awards for Youth in Foster Care, hosted by the College Board in New York City.

Each winner received a scholarship ranging from $500 to $1,000 and recognition of their writing, resiliency, and service to others.

The winners each submitted two essays to enter the competition: one about a time they found their power and another on how they have helped someone. Essay topics include forgiving an addict mother, working several jobs to pay for college, and rising above anger and walking away from a fight. Excerpts from their essays were published in a souvenir journal for the ceremony.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of this award, we presented a Champion of Youth Voice Award to Elise Gelbman, who has gone above and beyond to support youth in care in her 32 years in the field of foster care. Between 1999 and 2017, Elise nominated 11 winners to the Awards.

Two former Awards winners marked the 20th anniversary of the celebration this year. Wesner Pierre won the very first year; he is currently the Vice President of Education and Youth Development at CAMBA. Pauline Gordon, a 10th-year winner, is now an Administrative Director/Child and Family Specialist at ACS.

Thank you to all of our judges, speakers and presenters, the nominators and other adults who work with the winners and support them on their journeys, the College Board, the Sunny and Abe Rosenberg Foundation, Tin Man Fund, and Bob Danzig for making the awards possible.


Thank You to the Adults Who Nominated This Year’s Winners

Jacob Backer: New York Foundling
Stacey Castillo: Administration for Children’s Services
Mitchell Conway: New York Foundling
Giselle Di Genarro: SCO Family of Services
Paula Garcia: SCO Family of Services
Katherine Hartling: New York Foundling
Jaclyn Holzer: New York Foundling
Daphaney Jacquitte-Vante: SCO Family of Services
Nathalie Lindor: New York Foundling
Shajida McNab: MercyFirst
Carmen Paola-Coco: New York Foundling
Michelle Tarangelo: Little Flower
Frank Vesce: Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families
Jeremy Watson: Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families
Nicole Wong: New York Foundling


Thank You to the Agencies That Provide Services to This Year’s Winners

Administration for Children’s Services: Tayia Day
Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families: Jalisa Allen, Marcus Diego
Heartshare St. Vincent’s Services: Gabrielle Rodriguez
Little Flower: Hawa Balde
MercyFirst: Emily Villarroel
New York Foundling: Tamya Golson, Gustin Jacques, Paola Mena
St. Dominic’s: Shaianna Viera
SCO Family of Services: Anastasia De La Mota, Nigel Hutton, Jzhamaine Parson, Sarah Slater
Seamen’s Society: Rain Sebreth


Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Represent editor Virginia Vitzthum receives LGBTQ & Ally Award

Represent editor Virginia Vitzthum receives LGBTQ & Ally Award Represent editor Virginia Vitzthum was named “Outstanding Community Advocate” at the 2018 LGBTQ & Ally Awards by the NYC Administration for Children's Services. At the ceremony, she was introduced by Represent writer Yaselin Solis, who read from her story "Writing Saved My Life," which is about working with Virginia.
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Congrats to Evaj M. and Mr. Vern (Staff Shout-Out)

Congrats to Evaj M. and Mr. Vern (Staff Shout-Out) Evaj M. wins the writing contest with an essay piece about Mr. Vern, a staff member at Mercy First who offered fatherly advice to keep Evaj on track.

Read the winning entry
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