New Pathways for Youth
27th Annual Awards Honor Those Who Stand Up for America’s Kids
New York, New York, January 16, 2013 – The National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) today announced that DEBORAH OSTREICHER of Phoenix, Arizona, Volunteer Mentor, New Pathways for Youth,www.NPFY.org , will receive one of its prestigious LEWIS HINE AWARDS FOR SERVICE TO CHILDREN AND YOUTH. The Awards will be presented at The Westin New York Grand Central in New York City, onMonday, January 28, 2013.
Named for the acclaimed NCLC photographer who documented early–20th century exploitation of children, the LEWIS HINE AWARDS honor those individuals who, as professionals or volunteers, give of themselves and go the extra mile for the well–being of young people. The recipients, who this year hail from as far away as Alaska and as close as New York, are selected by a distinguished panel of judges from among hundreds of nominations submitted each year by business, community, and nonprofit leaders.
This year’s program will be chaired by Vincent Mai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Cranemere LLC and Chairman of the Board ofSesame Workshop: “Congratulations to this year’s honorees,” said Mr. Mai. “You have used your gifts to improve the lives of young people, which is the most important thing you can do for our communities and country.”
Deborah Ostreicher of Phoenix, Arizona, will be honored for her work atNew Pathways for Youth, mentoring children living in homeless shelters and at–risk youth who are exposed to drugs and gangs. She has helped her mentees fulfill their educational and social potential by encouraging them to develop their positive traits, see the power of their actions, and encourage their choices of positive alternatives rather than taking drugs or joining gangs.
Volunteer Mentor New Pathways for Youth, www.NPFY.org
Deborah Ostreicher began volunteering as a mentor at New Pathways for Youth 16 years ago because she shared the concern of many in the community about the number of teen gang members and other at–risk youth in Phoenix. New Pathways for Youth, opened in 1987 as Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk, was launched to provide mentors to children living in homeless shelters and to at–risk teens involved with drugs or gangs. The intent of this program is to teach the participants that through mentoring and education there are alternatives in life available to them.
Mrs. Ostreicher has mentored several children, each for many years. Twelve years ago, she began mentoring a seven–year–old Native American girl living at a homeless shelter with parents who were alcoholics and often in jail. Through her weekly sessions with this girl—going to the library, hiking, cooking, and talking about the importance of education—Mrs. Ostreicher encouraged the girl to become an excellent student who graduated at age 18 with both a high school diploma and a community college degree. Today she is a sophomore in college, intending to become a social worker or lawyer.
In addition to mentoring at New Pathways for Youth, Mrs. Ostreicher also has served as member of the board of directors since 2006, chairs the Marketing Committee, develops promotional and education videos, conducts seminars for the staff to enhance their public speaking and on–air skills, and recruits volunteers. She has helped to raise over $200,000 over the years for the nonprofit.
Mrs. Ostreicher is Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Deputy Aviation Director, in charge of air service development, media, public relations, and customer service.
The NCLC also announced that a select group of public figures will be honored with special awards, including: The Ronald H. Brown Award,which honors American leaders, like the late Mr. Brown, who have overcome prejudice and discrimination and uses his or her public platform to help today’s young people do the same and The Nancy Daly Advocacy Award, which memorializes the late Los Angeles, California, activist and philanthropist Nancy Daly whose continuous efforts over many years provided support and opportunity for thousands of young people. In addition, this year the NCLC will present a new award, The New Generation Award, which is designed to both celebrate the work being done on behalf of youth and young people, and to encourage other young people to become involved in service to children at risk.
Since its inception, thousands of deserving individuals have been nominated for LEWIS HINE AWARDS and nearly 300 people have been selected as honorees. Previous recipients have gained national and local recognition and have earned increased support, allowing them to make an even greater difference in their communities. Each of this year’s LEWIS HINE AWARDS Honorees will receive a $1,000 award.
For more information about the National Child Labor Committee and the LEWIS HINE AWARDS, visit www.nationalchildlabor.org.
Cranemere LLC, the sponsor of this year’s Lewis Hine Awards ceremony, is a newly established private investment holding company that has been created to own good middle–market companies for the long term.