2019 Champions for Children Honorees

Champions for Children

The Children’s Trust Champions for Children awards ceremony honors individuals and programs that have achieved greatness in their service to children and families. This annual, signature event has become one of the most anticipated within the community of child advocates and throughout Miami-Dade County, and serves as an inspiration to others to follow in the path of our award recipients.

Due to current CDC social distancing guidelines, the
2020 Champions for Children event will be a virtual event in the fall.

Please check back in a few weeks for an RSVP link to the event.


David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award

This annual award is bestowed on an individual for a lifetime of notable achievement and dedication to children in Miami-Dade County. These achievements over time should display a depth of commitment to children’s causes that have resulted in lasting, systemic impact. By providing recognition to someone who has dedicated considerable time, knowledge, expertise or resources on behalf of children, The Trust hopes to motivate others to work toward improving the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. Board members and staff of The Trust are not eligible. Nominations are received from the local community at large, reviewed internally, and a Board committee selects the honoree.

Past honorees include Judge Jeri Beth Cohen, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson; Judge Cindy Lederman; FL state Sen. René García; immigrant rights advocate Cheryl Little; FL state Sen. Nan Rich; autism expert Dr. Michael Alessandri; FL state Sen. Rudy García; Judge William Gladstone; Miami Mayor Manny Díaz; and Tracy and Alonzo Mourning, among others.

Nomination period has ended. 


Excellence in Direct Service Award

This award recognizes an employee (not a manager or executive director) of a program or initiative funded by The Children's Trust whose primary duties are to provide direct service to children and families. Honoree is an inspiration to other workers and consistently performs above and beyond their job description to serve the children and families of Miami-Dade. They willingly take on the extra load, extend a third and fourth helping hand and goes the extra mile. They exemplify the belief that the human element makes a difference in the lives of others and recognizes that the human touch must be extended far beyond the confines of a standard workday. Nominations are received from the community at large and a Board committee selects the honoree.

Past honorees include Mentor and A Cappella Group Leader Michelle Forman, and Director of Theatre for Young Audiences at Actors’ Playhouse Earl Maulding.

Nomination period has ended.


Excellence in Public Policy Award

The honoree is an elected official that has a proven record of advocating for children and families and has been instrumental in bringing forward meaningful reform of legislation. Nominations are made by Trust staff and Board, and a Board committee selects the honoree.

Past honorees include Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez and FL state Sen. René García.


Program of the Year Award

Three Trust-funded programs are recognized for their level of quality in service delivery. Honorees show a deep dedication to the delivery of quality curricula to children. Nominations are received from Trust staff and a Board committee selects the honorees.

Past honorees include Centro Mater After-School Program, Easter Seals Culinary Arts Program, and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital School Health Services.