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Cowherd Awards Honor Family Resource and Youth Services Centers; Centers in Adair, Meade and Webster counties recognized

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 05, 2008  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2008) – Three school-based resource centers have been honored for providing exemplary service to families.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSCs) announced the Harry J. Cowherd, M.D., Awards for Center Excellence at a statewide conference last week.

The awards program is named after the late Harry Cowherd, former secretary of the Cabinet for Human Resources and advocate of the family resource and youth services centers concept.

“Harry Cowherd helmed the cabinet during the dawn of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and was a real believer in the FRYSCs concepts,” said FRYSCs Director Michael Denney. “Dr. Cowherd’s vision helped create the FRYSCs network. Like these awards and our achievements over the past 17 years, the goals we set for the future are in part dedicated to him.”

The Cowherd Awards honor FRYSC excellence in three categories. The Family Resource Center Award goes to a center that serves elementary school children and provides a variety of services including, but not limited to, out of school time referrals or services, family skills training, parent and child education, and health services and referrals.

The Youth Services Center Award is presented to a center serving middle/high school students. Some of the services provided by YSCs include health and social services referrals; career exploration and development; summer and part-time job development for high school students; substance abuse counseling and education; and family crisis and mental health counseling.

The Family Resource and Youth Services Center Award goes to a center that provides a comprehensive array of services and support for pre-K-12 students and their families.

The 2008 Harry J. Cowherd, M.D., Awards for Center Excellence winners are:

─ Family Resource Center: The Family Place of Adair County. Serves William Casey Elementary and John Adair Intermediate schools.

─ Youth Services Center: Stuart Pepper Middle School YSC of Meade County. Serves Stuart Pepper Middle School.

─ Family Resource and Youth Services Center: Connections FRYSC of Webster County. Serves Clay, Dixon and Sebree elementary schools.

FRYSCs partners and stakeholders nominated almost 100 centers. Centers may not self-nominate.

“The winners of the Harry J. Cowherd Award for Center Excellence represent a commitment to excellence that is a long standing tradition for the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers,” Denney said. “These centers provide relevant programs for students and their families and referrals to community agencies that strategically meet families' needs. They also work with the community at large to minimize gaps in and barriers to services.

“The award winners reflect the ‘whatever it takes’ attitude that infuses the FRYSC program,” Denney said. 

Winners will receive their awards from division staff at upcoming presentations at the schools where the centers are located.

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Last Updated 11/5/2008