South Dakota Voices for Children has since 1996 recognized significant achievements that improve the lives of children through its Champion for Children and Honor Roll awards. Nominees may be volunteers or professionals; individuals, organizations or community groups.
A Vermillion woman, Carole Cochran, was named to the 2010 Honor Roll.
As director of KIDS COUNT South Dakota, Cochran compiles and disseminates data about South Dakota children. "One tribute of a champion," her nominator writes, "is that they support others. The work she does with KIDS COUNT is the foundation for many of the successes for children and families in the state."
Legislators use the data to understand what is going on for children in the state. Advocates use the data to show the need for policy change and development. Program directors use the data to write grants that fund important activities and services for children.
Her nominator concludes, "Carole is a demonstrated and committed resource for accurate, timely data …"
Cochran was honored at South Dakota Voices for Children's Champion for Children Awards Luncheon held recently in Sioux Falls.
The mission of South Dakota Voices for Children is to improve the lives of children through policy and program advocacy.