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New York Nonprofit Press: University Settlement and The Door Honor Isaac C. Kwock Award Inaugural Recipients

May 24, 2013 |

On Thursday, May 16, University Settlement and The Door co-hosted the first annual Isaac C. Kwock Award for Social Justice celebration, honoring the award's inaugural recipients. The Award was set up by the family of a former staff member of both University Settlement and The Door to honor his memory, important work, and the lasting contributions he made to both organizations over the span of 11 years. Learn more about the recipients - Cleopatra LaMothe, Alison Fleminger, Andria Cuello and Ariel Garfinkel - plus their inspiring projects below. Get your ready for the call for the next round of applications!

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New York Nonprofit Press

University Settlement and The Door Honor Isaac C. Kwock Award Inaugural Recipients
May 23, 2013

On Thursday, May 16, University Settlement and The Door co-hosted the first annual Isaac C. Kwock Award for Social Justice celebration, honoring the award's inaugural recipients, Cleopatra LaMothe, Alison Fleminger, Ariel Garfinkel and Andria Cuello.

The Isaac C. Kwock Award for Social Justice was established in 2012 by the family of a former staff member of both University Settlement and The Door to honor his memory, important work, and the lasting contributions he made to both organizations. Over the span of 11 years, Isaac held three very important roles within the two organizations, including: working with University Settlement's eviction prevention program, Project Home; helping to manage the Settlement's Houston Street Center when it opened in 2006; and leading The Door's Mental Health and Personal Development department.

Throughout his career Issac was a tireless advocate on behalf of young people and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities across the country. He served on the board of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and spent his spare time volunteering with the Audre Lorde Project and with LGBT seniors from the SAGE program. He also founded Restless Produxns, a collective dedicated to creating safe and vibrant spaces for LGBTQ people of color. He passed away in 2011.

The Isaac C. Kwock Award for Social Justice was established in 2012 to provide staff from University Settlement and The Door the opportunity to launch a project that honors Isaac's memory and furthers the organizations' shared commitment to social justice. Thursday's celebration included presentations from the Award's inaugural recipients:

  • Cleopatra LaMothe, The Door, The Young People's Peace & Justice Conference - a two-day community building conference designed to harness youth dialogue, awareness and engagement with a series of workshops, performances, trainings and art exhibits focused on "Facing Violence and Finding Love." The conference will take place on July 12-13, 2013, at The Door.
  • Alison Fleminger, University Settlement, PLAY TANK - an innovative talent development institute and professional theater ensemble designed to support the professional growth of young adults working in community organizations. PLAY TANK currently has 10 members from 6 different University Settlement youth programs. Funds received from the Award went towards PLAY TANK's second original production "JUST'US" - a 21st century vision for social justice.
  • Andria Cuello and Ariel Garfinkel, The Door, Knowledge is Power (KIP) Program - a 6-month, closed group for 15 young people that addresses opportunities for advocacy around various social justice issues, including homelessness and housing, sexual identity, immigration, drugs and alcohol, teen pregnancy and sexual violence, and hunger and food security. As a culminating project, the group recently traveled to Washington D.C. to learn about advocacy from the front lines.

 

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