ELIZABETH — The New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families honored Darryl Jackson, Education Specialist at Community Access Unlimited, as Child Care Worker of the Year at the organization’s annual conference at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
NJ Alliance is an advocate for public and private policies that support and protect children, youth and families, working with member agencies and other human service organizations throughout New Jersey. The Alliance represents 40 private organizations that serve at-risk children and adolescents throughout New Jersey, providing advocacy, education, and a common voice on behalf of families and individuals.
According to Executive Director Sidney Blanchard, “Darryl is an outstanding example of the compassion and sensitivity needed to help vulnerable youth find solutions to their problems. He has the charisma to reach out to these youth in magical ways that leave a powerful imprint on their minds and in their hearts.”
The Alliance conference was a chance for social workers to attend workshops, build relationships among peers, and learn better ways to support the kids in their care.
Deshawn Freeman, a member of the Community Access Unlimited Transitional Opportunities Program, was honored as Youth Advocate of the Year. Freeman has worked hard to learn how to live independently and is an active member in CAU’s advocacy groups, serving as treasurer.
The Alliance also presented scholarships to 22 residents of its 40 agencies, giving deserving seniors and those already in college a chance to build a brighter future. Nakeem Randolph, another member of the Community Access Unlimited Transitional Opportunities Program, was among the scholarship winners at the conference.
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