ALBUQUERQUE — Four youth and five adults will be honored for their work to make New Mexico a better place.
The presentations will be made by New Mexico Voices for Children during the 4th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference at the Marriott Pyramid.
Youth receiving the 22nd Annual Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award include:
Sofia Jensen (first place in the 13-18 age group);
Carolina Belmares Ortega (first place in the 19-26 age group);
Sasha Butcher (second place in the 13-18 age group); and
Raul Antonio Granillo (second place in the 19-26 age group).
All four honorees are from Albuquerque and have done community service work with local organizations and/or advocacy.
The Alice King Public Service Award will go to Paula Tackett, the long-time director of the state Legislative Council Services. Sen. Howie Morales (D-Silver City) and Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) will both receive Legislative Advocacy Awards. Nancy Jo Archer, formerly of Hogares, and Jerry Montoya of the state Department of Health, will receive Spirit of Hope Awards.
“Here at Voices we are so often the harbinger of bad news, that it’s refreshing to celebrate the good that is all around us,” said Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of the child advocacy agency. “All of these individuals have made significant contributions to New Mexico. Whether they do it by working directly with individuals or by crafting and shaping policy behind-the-scenes, they have all woven remarkable threads into the tapestry that is our state.”
The KIDS COUNT Conference is sponsored by: CHI St. Joseph’s Children, Brindle Foundation and Nusenda Credit Union, with a special thanks to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation