Earlier this month TSI held its second annual Stakeholders Conference which brings together all of our Teen Success partners to network, share best practices and challenges, and to learn. This is a great opportunity to bring together all of our facilitators to share successes and celebrate our work with teen moms.
This year at the conference, TSI awarded its first ever Facilitator of the Year awards to two very deserving people, Sarah Villa from Fresno Barrios Unidos and Tara Riddle Killian from Brighter Beginnings.
Sarah was nominated by Fresno Barrios Unidos' executive director, Socorro Santillan who had this to say about Sarah:
"Sarah serves the young women with her heart. Facilitating is not a job for Sarah, but an honor. No matter how stressed or overworked Sarah is, the young women only get the best of her. These young women know they can count on Sarah. They trust her, even when they don’t trust anyone else. Sarah’s goal is to change lives. She appreciates and values the opportunity to be part of these young women’s lives. I admire Sarah for how she gives herself to these young women. This kind of passion and love for what she does can’t be faked. Sarah always says she is thankful to God for having a job she loves. She doesn’t realize that I thank God for having Sarah on our team."
Tara was nominated by her colleague and co-facilitator of the Richmond Teen Success group, Candy Anderson. Candy captured Tara's work in these words:
"Tara is Teen Success; she makes the young ladies engage in a way only she has come to enlighten their future plans. Tara is that bright and shining star at night that shines in every group. Tara draws their attention to not only their everyday life but showing what their future picture looks like. Tara is the moment that raises an eye brow so that each individual can see what is beyond the hills into their adult life. Tara is always looking for ways to empower the group so that we all can see the picture that is drawn. Tara makes each member feel much supported, knowledgeable, strong, caring, loving, empowered, and personable. Tara always brings a loving touch to each group and group member. Tara is compassion, kind, hard-working, and she always care about the members and encourage them to face their challenges and plug into to their power."
Congratulations to Sarah and Tara! They truly embody what it means to be a Teen Success facilitator.
Empowering teen mothers, transforming lives