DC Action to Honor Champions for Children and Youth

Renaissance Awards will recognize the DC Early Learning Collaborative and spotlight other changemakers in early childhood, health, youth development, and leadership
Press Release
For Immediate Release: May 23rd, 2023

Washington, DC (May 18, 2023)—DC Action will honor the DC Early Learning Collaborative (DCELC) with its first-ever legacy award at the Renaissance Awards on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Martin Luther King Library, and celebrate the advocacy of two early childhood educators, a home visitor, a youth champion, and an up-and-coming youth leader.

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David Daniels, president and CEO of the Bainum Family Foundation,will present the award to DCELC, a nonprofit organization led by pioneering early childhood advocates Carrie Thornhill, Maurice Sykes, and Sia Barbara Kamara. The group was instrumental in the passage of the District’s historic early childhood legislation–Universal Pre-K–in 2008 and the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act in 2019. Their activism continues today, with their engagement in Under 3 DC’s advocacy for the Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund and expanding family eligibility for child care assistance, among other initiatives.

Thanks to generous support from the DC Association for the Education of Young Children, DC Action will also honor two superstar early educators–Patricia Bodrick of First Rock Baptist Child Development Center and Angelique Marshall of Ms. P’s Day Care. Other changemakers for children and youth to be spotlighted for their advocacy to improve the lives of young people, from cradle to career, include:

  • Betania Pineda of Mary’s Center, Home Visitor of the Year
  • Hannah Wilson of the Community Enrichment Project, Shooting Star Youth Leadership Award
  • Tiescheka Stuart of Roosevelt STAY Opportunity Academy, Youth Champion of the Year

DC Action will celebrate advancements made since the merger of DC Action for Children and the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates with a performance by Imagination Stage and by spotlighting its partnership with American University on the Youth Voices Youth Power Project with a tour of the Humanities Truck traveling around the city this year to gather the opinions of District youth about their experiences in their communities.

As the District nears the end of a brutal and unwieldy 2024 fiscal year budget season, DC Action looks forward to honoring the work of the city’s champions for children and youth and celebrating the work of the advocacy community.

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About DC Action

DC Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization making the District of Columbia a place where all kids grow up safe, resilient, powerful and heard. DC Action uses research, data, and a racial equity lens to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns bring the power of young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.