The 2015 Dorothy Wilson Mabry Award in Recognition of Outstanding Accomplishments by a Healthy Start Participant or Grass-Roots Community Leader was presented at the January Coalition meeting to Rashaad Arnold, a participant in the teen health initiatives.
Rashaad Arnold first participated in one of the Coalition’s teen programs as a 14-year-old in the summer of 2012, and he has been a consistent participant since. When the Coalition launched the 4Me Teen Health Project at his apartment complex in 2012, he was one of the first people in the door and recruited several of his friends and siblings to attend with him when he saw hardly anyone else came to the class. He completed the 4Me program, the Teen Leadership Council, was an inaugural graduate of the Teen Ambassador program and now is part of the new Peer Health Advocate program.
He attended the Rally in Tally during Children’s Week in 2014, discussing his views on legislation with state legislators and proposing ideas to engage teens in decision-making and leadership roles to Sen. Audrey Gibson. Farisha Hamid, legislative assistant to Sen. Gibson, presented the award to Rashaad.
The award honors the legacy of Dorothy Wilson Mabry, a community volunteer and advocate, who devoted her life to supporting the empowerment and achievement of young women and vulnerable families. The Wilson Family provided a generous donation in honor of their mother which supports a stipend for the award recipient.