Provided by Prince William County
The Prince William County Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Council recently recognized over 20 community members for their work with children. They were named “Local Heroes” at an awards ceremony at the Kelly Leadership Center on Jan. 10. The award recipients were recognized for their work in helping children prosper and become competent, caring and responsible.
The Prince William County Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Council includes representatives from the county’s Departments of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Social Services and Police, along with Prince William County Schools and non-profits. The council seeks to help people, organizations and leaders unite to help nurture well-rounded children.
This year’s Local Heroes include:
- The Hon. H. Jan Roltsch-Anoll, chief judge for the Prince William Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, who organized a team to reduce truancy.
- Allen Johnson, an after-school mentor who provides students with positive male role models.
- Debra Oliver, who facilitates give-back opportunities for youth.
- Scott McAllee, owner of Crossfit Durable, who provides athletic programs for youth.
- Dwight Vick, a mental health therapist, who mentors at-risk youth.
- Denyse Carroll, a robotics specialist with Prince William County Public Schools, who facilitates a high-school team mentorship of an elementary-school team.
- Gary Wortham, a county public schools attendance officer and head football coach, who empowers and educates youth on an off the field.
- Harry Horning II, a youth travel soccer coach, who plays an active role in his athlete’s lives.
- Jeffrey Foy, who works at Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS) and coaches track at Potomac High School.
- Kerry Dillman, who ministers to children at First Baptist Church of Woodbridge and provided backpacks and leadership opportunities to youth.
- Kevin Seiger-Cottoms, who tutors students throughout the county.
- Kisha Wilson-Sogunro, who serves the community through various philanthropic efforts.
- Lyric Lucas, who started Lyric’s Garden Club and continues to grow gardens to provide for the community.
- Maria McDonald, the PACE West principal who is a champion for her students, parents and school community.
- Monte Evans, co-owner of Sports Management at Competitive Edge, who works to improve youth’s skills on and off the track.
- Sara Ordway, artistic director for the Ordway Conservatory of Classical Ballet, who is a role model to her students on how to face life’s challenges.
- Stuart Schadt, author “Henry on Fire,” who inspires and assists students with story writing.
- Yukiko Matsuo Dove, an advocate for special needs youth who organizes and creates athletic activities.
- Brian Coe and Rosie Cortijo, Prince William County Community Services therapists, who collaborate with the community to provide activities for youth.
- Staff from the Department of Criminal Justice Services Virginia Center for School Safety, who provides professional development and trainings on school safety.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. who organizes the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and provides contests and choral opportunities for youth.
- Employees of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue and Police Departments who spend time outside of work coaching youth hockey.
- National Coalition of 100 black Women Inc., Potomac Health & Graham Park Middle School, who partnered with the goal of addressing youth mental health issues and started the “Responding and Protecting” program, or R.A.P.
- Prince William County Social Services Foster Care employees, who spend time outside of work participating in the lives of foster children and their families.
- Prince William County Juvenile Service Division, who provides programs to positively engage youth and involves youth in give-back programs throughout the county through the county’s socials services department.
- Prince William Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who provided materials for high school students to build “Little Free Libraries” to empower and promote youth literacy.
- “The Squad” from Stonewall Jackson High School, who work to create a culture of support and inclusivity, and who attended school events together to provide an opportunity for all students to interact.
For more information about the council call Tracy Hannigan at 703-792-5786 or email [email protected].