The 2013 Spotlight on Afterschool: Awards of Excellence Luncheon recognized innovative afterschool programs and staff members for their exemplary work in furthering the delivery of quality youth development programs in "out of school time” settings for Arizona’s children.
2013 Afterschool Award Winners
Vince Roig, Founding Chairman, Helios Foundation
Vince Roig serves as Founding Chairman of the Board of Helios Education Foundation., the largest nonprofit organization serving Arizona and Florida that is focused solely on education. The Helios Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. The Foundation’s community investments are made across three impact areas: Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years (grades 5-12), and postsecondary Scholarships. Since its inception in 2004, the Foundation has invested millions of dollars in education-related programs and initiatives across both states.
Prior to forming the Foundation, Vince was the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Southwest Student Services Corporation and its affiliates for over 20 years. Mr. Roig received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Athens College and his Master of Science in Secondary Education from Richmond College of the City University of New York. He serves or has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including: Teach for America National, Stand for Children National, Take Stock in Children, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board, Stand for Children Arizona Advisory Committee, Valley of the Sun United Way and the Phoenix Art Museum. He also currently serves as chair of the board for the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation.
Jane Romatzke Leadership Award
Debbie Winlock, Page Public Library
"Living in a small remote community, we quickly learned that after-schoo/out-of-school programs offered by local organizations are necessary to keep children active and involved. The abundant youth programs available at Page Public Library fill this gap in our community... Debbie's leadership has resulted in partnerships with [local schools and youth organizations] to provide quality out-of-school programs... she is creative in developing programs that are not traditional library activities... Debbie Winlock frequently received letters from parents thanking her for the service her children received from the Library."
- Nomination letter from Laura Tennis, Page Unified School District
Outstanding Afterschool Professional
Kim Allvin, Boys Hope Girls Hope
“I can never find the words to show you and thank you enough for all you have given to me. You were not just somebody else supporting me and dreams I carried, you stood next to me and did everything in your power to ensure not one but five acceptance letters! Knowing I can still say that Kim is always there to help is something I never want to take for granted…. There is so much you have done for me, Kim! I am blessed to say I am going to college next year, but it is because of you.”
-Nomination letter from Luis Avila, Boys Hope Girls Hope Scholar
Outstanding Afterschool Program
ICAN’s mission is to provide free, comprehensive programs that empower youth to be productive, self-confident, and responsible members of the community. A family-centered youth service in the East Valley , ICAN provides a full complement of programs proven effective in equipping youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. In June 2012, they opened the doors of the Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center, where the 250 youth they serve every day can receive homework help, social and leadership development, job skills training, and health, nutrition, and fitness guidance.
Thank you to everyone who attended! Stay tuned for details about next year!