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The California Wellness Foundation Announces 20th Annual California Peace Prize Honorees
Unsung Heroes Each Receive $25,000;
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 13, 2012 01:04 PM
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Three community leaders will be honored by The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) with the 2012 California Peace Prize for their efforts to promote peace and prevent violence in California.
Elder Michael Cummings is a violence prevention specialist who creates safe streets for youth and opportunities for those living in the Jordan Downs Public Housing Complex in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Kevin Grant works to help young people involved in the juvenile justice system and those living in Oakland's most impoverished neighborhoods find alternatives to violence. The late Dr. Su Yon Park, who died in September, pioneered making mental health and counseling services more accessible to trauma-exposed youth living in Oakland neighborhoods plagued by violence and poverty.
"For two decades, our Foundation has honored individuals who have displayed great courage and leadership in preventing violence in California communities," said Dr. Diana M. Bonta, president and CEO of TCWF.
All three leaders are being honored for their dedication to providing compassion, hope and alternatives to violence in communities where individuals are disproportionately impacted by crime and involved in the criminal justice system.
On December 12, the Foundation will honor these community leaders at its 20th annual California Peace Prize ceremony in Los Angeles. In recognition of their efforts to prevent violence and promote peace, the honorees each receive a cash award of $25,000.
"We are proud to mark the twentieth year of the California Peace Prize," Dr. Bonta said. "By honoring the work of Elder Cummings, Mr. Grant and the late Dr. Park, we celebrate their inspired passion that has made a remarkable impact on communities working toward a healthier and safer California."
Elder Michael Cummings
"We have to challenge kids to do the right thing," Cummings said. "But, we also have to be role models to give them a reason to be inspired."
"I believe that a lot of the violence in our communities is preventable," Grant said. "Through building relationships, we can give the power back to the communities."
Su Yon Park, Psy.D.
"The best possible futures for our young people is realized through approaching relationships with humility, building a collective vision and honoring one another's contributions," Dr. Park said.
Diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Su Park passed away on September 20, 2012. Prior to her passing, the Foundation recognized Dr. Park with her award. On October 12, hundreds gathered to celebrate her life at the Oakland-based Youth UpRising; a grantee of TCWF. TCWF Board Chair David Barlow joined community members, regional, statewide and federal representatives in remembering and recognizing Dr. Park's work.
The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women's health, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues and special projects outside the funding priorities.
Since its founding, TCWF has awarded 6,544 grants totaling more than $815 million. It is one of the state's largest private foundations. Please visit TCWF's website at CalWellness.org for more information, including a newsroom section devoted to the California Peace Prize and the three honorees. High-resolution photos are also available. Video interview clips are posted at TCWF's YouTube channel.
SOURCE The California Wellness Foundation
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