We are excited to share that All Our Kin has been selected as the Grand Prize winner of the second annual Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards!
This awards program pays tribute to Roslyn S. Jaffe, who co-founded the first dressbarn store in Connecticut in 1962, and who has dedicated her life to expanding opportunities for women and children. Every year, the program gives a total of $150,000 in grants to individuals who help empower women and children, particularly in the areas of health, education, social reform and self-esteem. As the Grand Prize recipient, All Our Kin will receive $100,000 to continue our work in the community. We will also have the opportunity to present at the awards ceremony later this month, which will be held in New York City and emceed by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien.
“In 2015, we received over 2,000 nominations from across the country representing an impressive range of well-deserving nonprofit organizations,” said Elise Jaffe, Executive Sponsor for Ascena Cares, in a press release. “We were particularly interested in honoring individuals whose nonprofits may not be well known but have the potential to make a major impact through the public awareness and financial support that comes with the Jaffe Awards,” she continued.
The other winners of this year’s Jaffe Awards prizes are VolunTEEN Nation and Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program. VolunTEEN Nation, based in St. Louis, MO, uses an online platform to connect young people with organizations, service projects, resources, and grants in low-income areas in order to learn new skills, gain experiences, and make their communities a better place. Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program in Chicago, IL, provides low-income, inner-city girls with the opportunity to learn effective communication skills to prepare them for personal and professional endeavors. “We are honored to be included with such amazing women changemakers,” said Janna Wagner, All Our Kin’s co-founder.
The Roslyn S. Jaffe Award is an incredible opportunity to lift up the voices of family child care providers, who do critical yet unrecognized work for children, day in and day out. “I’m so excited to share All Our Kin’s vision with more people so that they can join with us in our effort to create quality child care for all children and families,” said Janna.
Photos in this post courtesy of Ian Applegate.