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2018 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Awards

Congratulations to this year's 2018 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Award winners! The individuals below were selected by the NASW-Illinios Chapter Statewide Awards Committee as people whose work in their professional and personal lives has upheld basic tenets of the social work profession—giving voice to those who are without voices. An awards ceremony will be held later this fall to honor this year's statewide award winners.

Congratulations to this year's winners!


Patricia Rivera (MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago; LCSW, ACSW) is pro bono executive director for Chicago HOPES for Kids, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides academic support and literacy mentoring for children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. She retired in 2010 after 33 years as a school social worker for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), with the last seven years as administrator for the CPS Homeless Education Program. After she retired and CPS cut the funding for the shelter-based tutoring program, she and a group of dedicated volunteers founded Chicago HOPES for Kids. She has been executive director for HOPES since that time and has increased HOPES' reach from two to ten shelter sites.


Michelle Adler-Morrison (MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago; LCSW) serves as CEO for Youth Guidance with more than 25 years of experience in management and program development. Under her direction, the agency has grown immensely and now serves 11,000+ youth in under-resourced communities in Chicagoland and Boston—helping them overcome obstacles, achieve academically and in life. Her expertise includes child and adolescent growth and development, evidence-based approaches to addressing youth trauma, educational reform, and nonprofit leadership. Under her direction, Youth Guidance has greatly expanded many of its programs and garnered national support and acclaim. 


Carolyn Wahlskog (MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago; LCSW) is senior program manager at 360 Youth Services’ LGBTQ Transitional Housing Program for youth experiencing homelessness in Naperville. Carolyn co-chairs the DuPage Community Network: Professionals Serving LGBTQ Youth and coordinates Transformative Justice Law Project's monthly Name Change Mobilization. She previously worked with Youth Outlook’s Transcend program. Carolyn centers young people, gender self-determination, and access to systems as she works with youth, families, and communities to find equitable and affirming care in schools, housing, healthcare, and the legal system.

PUBLIC CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Jennifer Enriquez, Esq.

Jennifer Enriquez (JD, George Mason University; AB, Georgetown University) is an attorney by formal education and began a career transition by accident, working at her children’s preschool and then at a church. Jen began focusing on teaching children skills and giving them tools for finding peace in themselves and bringing peace and kindness to their world in 2017. She discovered a passion in herself and a yearning in her community. Peace Camp was born in Oak Park; La Grange was added in 2018. Jen teaches a “Little Peacemakers” class at a preschool. 

Posted on 09/03/18 at 08:00 AM


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