Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award

Phyllis Richards, Ph.D.

Phyllis Richards, Ph.D.

Do you know someone who exemplifies excellence in improving outcomes for children? Austin Child Guidance Center is accepting nominations for the 7th Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award. Please nominate deserving individuals under the following categories:

Two Categories for Nomination

Community Activist category is for an individual who is dedicated to positive outcomes for children through volunteerism and/or philanthropy.

Community Professional category is for an individual who is dedicated to positive outcomes for children through exemplifying excellence in their profession.

Nomination criteria: In 500 words, tell us about someone who has made great strides in improving the quality of life for children locally and/or nationally within any of the following fields: mental health, child development, education, primary health, basic needs, art and/or advocacy. Your recommendation should give testimony to the individual’s commitment to public service for children. Along with your recommendation, please attach articles, awards or other documentation of the nominee’s accomplishments and charitable works. When writing, please consider the following service areas: impact of work, degree of difficulty, obstacles encountered within the field during time of service, imagination, innovation, number of lives touched and length of service.

Nominee Must be Present to Win on August 18, 2018

At the Austin Originals Benefit Concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Please confirm availability of the nominee before nominating.

Dr. Phyllis Richards has over 60 years of dedicated service in child development and shaping service delivery to children. Her commitment to ensuring that all children have access to quality early childhood education and mental health services has created long-term impacts for thousands of children. She served as a faculty member for The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Human Ecology Division of Human Development and Family Sciences for forty years. She was a visionary leader and researcher in the field of early childhood education and development, and worked vigorously to help establish the Head Start program on a national level. In her five years of service on the Austin Child Guidance Center’s Board of Directors, she was influential in helping the Center become the first site in Central Texas to provide mental health services to children who were victims of sexual abuse.

Selection Process: The Austin Child Guidance Center’s Board of Directors will select three finalists per category. The Center will publicly announce Award Finalists and accomplishments prior to the event. All Finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the event. The Award Winners will be revealed on stage at the event. During the event program, each finalist and award winner will be recognized for his or her dedication to improving future outcomes for children. For more info about the event, please visit:
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The mission of Austin Child Guidance Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, founded in 1951, is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting life’s challenges.

Nominations are due: Friday, April 6, 2018. Please fill out the information above and send it, along with your letter of recommendation (500 words max), and any additional documentation (articles/awards) of your nomination to Kaitlyn Haney, Development Specialist at or by mail to:

Austin Child Guidance Center
Attention: Kaitlyn Haney
810 West 45th Street
Austin, TX 78751

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