Children & Youth


Dolphus Weary , Rural Education and Leadership (R.E.A.L) Christian Foundation
Co-Founder
Rural Education and Leadership (R.E.A.L) Christian Foundation
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

Dolphus Weary grew up in rural Simpson County, Mississippi. When he won an out-of- state basketball scholarship to college, he swore he’d never come back. But a strong
sense of calling prompted him to return to Mendenhall, Mississippi, Simpson’s county seat.

It became clear to Weary that ministries across rural Mississippi needed help to support
their social improvement ambitions, therefore in 1997 he founded the Rural Education and Leadership Christian Foundation (R.E.A.L.) to nurture, train, mentor and provide
partial funding to ministries’ programs mostly focused on young people.


T.V. Ramakrishna  and Vijaya Ramakrishna , Sahasra Deepika International for Education
Co-Founders
Sahasra Deepika International for Education
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

T.V. and Vijaya Ramakrishna had successful careers in the U.S. for decades, he as an engineer and she as a businesswoman. But as they approached retirement, neither forgot the challenges they faced growing up in India. T.V. lived in deep poverty. Education had been his ticket out. Vijaya hadn’t been poor, but her father’s bias against educating girls kept her out of college. They knew that poverty and discrimination are still the norm for millions of children in India.


Robert  Crowell  and Barbara Crowell Roy , Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives
Founder / President
Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

In 2005, Robert Crowell and Barbara Crowell Roy’s lives changed forever. Their daughter, a 30-year old successful corporate attorney, Eve Crowell, accidentally died from a drug and alcohol overdose. Robert was months away from retiring from his long neurosurgery career; Barbara was teaching English as a second language in Switzerland.

After Eve’s sudden death, they channeled their grief into action.


William J. Burwinkel ,  Adopt A Class Foundation
Founder and Executive Director
Adopt A Class Foundation
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

Successful entrepreneur William J. Burwinkel started a company in his basement that grew into National Marketshare Group, a major consumer sales and marketing company based in Cincinnati. But that wasn’t enough. In 2003, he decided it was time to give something back. He and his employees began a tutoring program at a local public school.

Ten years later, that small program is now the Adopt A Class Foundation, with programs at 28 of Greater Cincinnati’s neediest public and parochial schools. Over 300 business and community group mentors have worked with 7,500 children.


Claire Bloom , End 68 Hours of Hunger
Founder and Executive Director
End 68 Hours of Hunger
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

In 2011, Claire Bloom learned from a school teacher in her Dover, NH, community that many local children enrolled in the free school lunch program endure 68 hours of hunger every weekend between Friday lunch and Monday breakfast.


Timothy W. Bilodeau , Medicines for Humanity
Founder and Executive Director
Medicines for Humanity
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

As a volunteer working to improve medical conditions in Ecuador, Timothy Bilodeau stood by a mother whose 3-year-old child had just died for lack of 25 cents worth of medicine. The impoverished woman, in agony, had been forced to choose between buying food or medicine for her child, and had chosen food. “No parent should have to make that choice,” says Bilodeau, 63. Yet, an estimated 7 million children under 5 years old – 20,000 a day – die worldwide from causes that can be treated or prevented.


David S.  Bazerman , Legal Aid Service of Broward County
Director, Tracey McPharlin Dependency Pro Bono Project
Legal Aid Service of Broward County
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

When 11-year-old Nubia Barahona was murdered by her adopted father in South Florida, her body found in a plastic bag, it shocked David Bazerman’s conscience. For years he’d worked to defend the rights of abused, neglected and abandoned children, and knew how the state’s legal system often neglected those children, too. “Had Nubia been represented by an attorney who would have pursued obvious concerns about the adoptive parents’ fitness,” he says, “she might be alive today.”


Carol Fennelly , Hope House
Founder and Executive Director
Hope House
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

In 1998, Carol Fennelly was retired from her first career as an advocate for the homeless. She was writing articles on social issues for Sojourners magazine and providing political commentary for a public radio station in Washington, D.C. She’d bought a beach house in Delaware, and had no plans to leave her newfound paradise.


Ysabel Duron , Latinas Contra Cancer
Founder and CEO
Latinas Contra Cancer
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

In 1999, during a cervical checkup, TV anchorwoman Ysabel Duron’s gynecologist discovered a golf ball-sized cancerous tumor in her pelvic region. The diagnosis: Hodgkin lymphoma. She felt healthy and, strangely, unworried. So Duron, who had been on the air in San Francisco for years, turned the camera on herself—and on the larger issue of cancer treatment.

Be sure and read this article in Kiplinger's Retirement Report, (May 2013) which features Encore Fellow Jeff Landre's work with Mission Focused Solutions, a nonprofit in Grass Valley, Cal., that helps child welfare organizations improve their ability to place foster children in permanent homes.

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