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As the world leader in academic resilience, we meet individuals every day who exemplify resilience in action – unsung heroes who serve as a beacon for youth, co-workers, and the community by exhibiting resilience and fostering it in all who cross their path. They are all around us – counselors, teachers, administrators, community leaders, entrepreneurs, parents, and volunteers.  We’ll be recognizing these individuals and sharing their stories once a month on our website. We call this recognition the Resilience in Action Award.  Each December, one of the year’s 12 recipients will be formally presented with the prestigious Resilience in Education Award.  

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December 2016 Resilience in Action Award - Dr. Laura Owen

December 2016 Resilience in Action Award - Dr. Laura Owen

Dr. Laura Owen, a research professor at American University, focuses on evaluating the impact of interventions and initiatives designed to address the persistent equity and access issues that so many students across the country face. Dr. Owen is the co-leader of the SDSU White House Convening , a partnership of the White House’s College Opportunity...
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January 2017 Resilience in Action Award - Kimberly Boyd

January 2017 Resilience in Action Award - Kimberly Boyd

“What are we going to do with you – throw you in the trash can? Are you ever going to amount to anything?” While many others facing these questions would shut down, young Kimberly Boyd made a choice. I know for a fact I’m going to become something.  She absolutely has. As owner and clinical director for one of Houston’s largest private practic...
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October 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Richard K. Thompson

October 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Richard K. Thompson

"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." This quote from Invictus by William Ernest Henley covers the walls, papers, and virtual classrooms of the Swartz Creek Academy , a non-traditional education platform where students come to personify the phrase. "It is our ethos, if you will," says October 2016 Resilience in Action...
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September 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Akin Akinniyi

September 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Akin Akinniyi

While Akin Akinniyi, better known as "Mr. A" at Villa de Paz Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ, describes his experiences growing up as "blessed," it is clear he understands and the hardships faced by students in his community. "My mission, in partnership with school educators, families, and community members, is to support students by providing a c...
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July 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Lourdes Baker

July 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Lourdes Baker

"Coming from a family of twelve siblings, life has been anything but easy. But the will to survive, excel, and succeed in life has been a self-instilled discipline that has taught her the biggest lesson: Resilience. This was what she would need to survive. This was and is the key to her success. Imagine moving from the comfort of familiarity, Mexic...
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June 2016 Resilience in Action Award: John Robertson

June 2016 Resilience in Action Award: John Robertson

"Resilience means making a delicious meal with whatever you have in the fridge." “[Resilience] means finding a way - no matter what you lack – to accomplish your goals. Resilience means making a delicious meal with whatever you have in the fridge,” responds WhyTry’s June 2016 Resilience in Action Award recipient, John Robertson, when asked what res...
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May 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Tom McCollum

May 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Tom McCollum

“The WhyTry Program became their security blanket.”    Near Oxnard, California, resides an educator who has helped thousands of students achieve academic and life-long success. Though recently retired, Tom McCollum continues to be a strong advocate and resource for students.   McCollum believes “every student should see him or hersel...
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April 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Daniel Vazquez

April 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Daniel Vazquez


With a median household income of just over $28,000, Dade City, FL, students struggle with unique economic and social/emotional challenges. To help facilitate learning in this environment, Daniel Vazquez, a counselor and member of the Student Support Team, provides basic needs for Lacoochee Elementary School students. From clothing and transportati...
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February 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Jennifer Davis

February 2016 Resilience in Action Award: Jennifer Davis

  For a child, watching a parent go to prison can create a sense of isolation and trauma that doesn’t go away without help. So, with these children in mind, help is just what the New Hope Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma is offering. New Hope got started when members of the Episcopal Church learned, while visiting a local prison, that the greatest co...
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