The Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence Campus honored four award recipients at the Women of Excellence breakfast Nov. 13, 2012. This annual event celebrates women who do outstanding work to benefit girls in crisis. Proceeds from the ceremony benefit the Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence Campus, based in Arlington, Mass., which helps girls ages 11-18 who have behavioral and mental health issues or who have been abused, neglected or sexually exploited.
The honorees were: Paula Stahl, Ph.D., of Back Bay, founder and executive director of Children’s Charter; Meg Vaillancourt of Charlestown, senior vice president of corporate relations for the Boston Red Sox and executive director of the Red Sox Foundation; Connie Chow, Ph.D., of Watertown, executive director of Science Club for Girls; and Alicia Canady Adamson of Dorchester, founder and executive director of Young Black Women’s Society.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley served as mistress of ceremonies and presented the awards.
||Connie Chow, PhD
Executive Director of Science Club for Girls
Science Club for Girls provides girls in under-served communities free science and engineering hands-on programming. Under Chow’s leadership, Science Club for Girls, has connected more than 800 K-12th grades girls, mostly from underrepresented groups, with women scientists and engineers who guide them in hands-on exploration.
||Paula Stahl, Ed.D
Director & Founder of the Children’s Charter Trauma Clinic
Children’s Charter Trauma Clinic is Massachusetts’ largest provider of outpatient trauma-focused services for children who are victims of sexual trauma and their families. The clinic provides outpatient mental health treatment to low-income children and families dealing with trauma from sexual abuse, neglect, assault, rape, loss or chronic illness.
Executive director of The Red Sox Foundation.
The Red Sox Foundation is focused on improving health, educational and recreational opportunities for children as well as social service programs focused on youth and families in the inner city. Under Vaillancourt’s leadership, the Red Sox team charity has contributed nearly $50 million to New England-based nonprofit programs.
||Alicia Canady (Rising Star Award)
Executive Director of the Young Black Women’s Society
Young Black Women’s Society was established to empower, mentor and develop black girls and women. Their purpose is to provide a platform for women and girls of color to further develop their personal, professional and civic lives. She also is development director of Affinity Programs with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay.