Sarah Brandon says the award belongs to the community of Dripping Springs, specifically the students at Dripping Springs High School. Sarah initially began working with students during her time on the Board of the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center; she organized two fundraisers for the Dripping Springs Bench Bar Conferences, four Mock Trials, has been a leading member of HCWC’s Dripping Springs Town Team, helped support the 1 in 3 5K in 2015, and worked tirelessly to support each year’s HCWC Annual Auction.
For the past six years Sarah Brandon has dedicated her time and talents to raising awareness about the dangers of dating violence, especially in Dripping Springs where she lives and manages The Law Offices of Sarah K. Through her work with the Dripping Springs Dating Violence Advisory Board (DVAB), Sarah helped form and provides mentorship to the student-led group at Dripping Springs High School.
The Dripping Springs High School students have given me confidence in the future of our community.
“I now have a new goal for this program.” Brandon said, “It is to expand this program into every high school and college in the State of Texas.
Coach Jennifer Pillich, Girls Athletic Coordinator, Manor ISD, Manor, TX This award recognizes an adult ally who partners with young people, is a leader for violence prevention in their community, and has made prevention programming more accessible as a result of their efforts.
Coach Jennifer Pillich was nominated for her passion and leadership to empower young people, particularly girls, in Manor, TX.
Though the organization started as a local area organization, Lizi decided to expand the organization to include international chapters after networking and participating in a series of national youth leadership trainings.
Lizi successfully produced one of the winning videos in the TCFV #Man Up video contest held during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and continued her efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence on social media with the YWUU #Agression Is Not Affection project.She’s being recognized for her work with the Texas Advocacy Project’s (TAP) Teen Ambassadors of Hope Program.TAP provides FREE legal services to victims of domestic & dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.Hosted by TCFV & TAP, the event brings together youth from across the state, including the Young Hearts Matter Leadership Board who exist to build capacity, motivation, and opportunities for young leaders to promote healthy relationships in Texas.The event also recognizes key leaders from across the state who have inspired and led efforts in their own communities to promote healthy relationships among youth.In her spare time, she partakes in a number of volunteer activities – at New Children’s Life Center, Silverado Memory Care Community, Relay for Life, School Round Up Guide and Refugee Services of Texas.” – Heather Bellino – TAP ED This award recognizes an adult ally who partners with young people, is a leader for violence prevention in their community, and has made prevention programming more accessible as a result of their efforts. Brandon received the 2017 Young Hearts Matter Advocate of the Year Award presented by the Texas Council on Family Violence.