Last week, United Way of Northeast Florida announced its 2018 Children’s Champion Awards winners. This year marks the 10th anniversary of these awards, which honor two individuals each year, one in service and one in advocacy for their exemplary work in improving the lives of children in Northeast Florida.
Amanda Crawford, department vice president of community engagement and sponsorship for VyStar Credit Union, won the advocacy award. Jacqueline Brown, site coordinator for Communities In Schools of Jacksonville’s Student Enrichment Program at William M. Raines High School, won the award for service.
During the event, the United Way highlighted the efforts of each award winner and how their community service has resulted in positive change in policies or conditions that impact the well-being of children.
Crawford was nominated for her efforts in Tallahassee advocating for positive change in early childhood education. Winners in service demonstrate exemplary service in working directly with children and youth. Brown was nominated for the service award for her work at William M. Raines High School, most notably her efforts establishing the school’s food bank for students and families in need.
Winners of the 2018 Sherwood H. Smith Children’s Champion Awards winners on hand to accept and present award certificates at the United Way of Northeast Florida’s event, “A Fighting Chance,” included: Sara Ley, Sherwood H. Smith Children’s Champion Award selection committee chair; award winner Amanda Crawford; Sherwood H. Smith Jr.; award winner Jacqueline Brown; and Michelle Braun, United Way of Northeast Florida president and CEO.