In 2019, Prevention and Early Intervention recognized seven award recipients from across the state at the Partners in Prevention Conference in Austin. Their stories are inspiration for what individuals can contribute for Texas communities.

Cecilia RamirezCecilia Ramirez is one of the recipients of the Outstanding Parent/Care Giver awards. Cecilia, a mother of four children, was once getting regular eviction notices. She is now in stable housing at New Hope in Houston and is changing her and her children’s lives through the Nurturing Parenting Program offered under PEI’s HOPES grant via a collaboration between DePelchin, Harris County Protective Services, and Buckner Children & Family Services.

Since she started last year, Cecilia is amazed at the progress she has achieved with the help of the family coach and case manager. She says, “I’ve set goals each month with Pam. I started with no vehicle and now I have transportation and a career.” Cecilia choose healthcare as her career industry through the program’s “Jobs for Life” course. She also was able to access courses in financial literacy and wellness. Cecilia is now setting her long-term goal to become a registered nurse in 2024. She is one of the many awardees that have overcome obstacles and have been resilient through trials. Learn more about Cecilia in her video story.

Carmen HernandezCarmen Hernandez was recognized as the Champion for Children and Families Award. Carmen is a PAT Parent Educator/Consultant in Houston. She was nominated because she embodies the passion of the families she serves. Carmen strives to let families know and understand their value and advocates for parent voice. Learn more about Carmen in her video story.

Jodi Newton Fort Worth CYD Project Manager Jodi Newton couldn’t be more deserving of the Outstanding Leader Award. She has worked for her organization for numerous years and is known throughout the Community Youth Development providers as a strong leader and role model. Learn more about Jodi in her video story.

Perla MoorePerla Moore is a parent tutor in the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program and was the recipient of Outstanding Parent/Caregiver Award. She is a mother of two and noticed how well her children did with the HIPPY program. That is when she was convinced the program worked and wanted to help other families. Learn more about Perla in her video story.

Cecilia RamirezZachary Andrews of Lubbock was recognized as an Outstanding Youth Award recipient. Zachary is described as servant leader and enjoys volunteering in Lubbock through the Communities in Schools program. Learn more about Zachary in his video story.

Jennifer Ramirez Jennifer Ramirez of Austin was also recognized as an Outstanding Youth Award recipient. Jennifer was inspired to volunteer because it makes her feel more fulfilled. She is a part of the Community Youth Development program and is an impactful leader. Learn more about Jennifer in the video story.

The Community Collaboration Award was awarded to the Child Coalition of Webb County. The coalition was recognized for their work in forging solid relationships and referral pathways between coalition members. By working together, the child coalition reached a wider audience and covered the spectrum from prevention to intervention to treatment and now able to assist families regardless of where they fall on the spectrum of needs. Learn more about the coalition in their video story.